Yakuza: Comedians with the killer punchlines

Japan has made hundreds of yakuza films but few of them are comedies. No one was laughing when last week a tabloid magazine revealed that several of Japan’s top comedians had made money entertaining “anti-social forces” – that is, the yakuza. The punchline was their agency fired them or suspended them. Yoshimoto Kogyo, one of Japan’s […]