Organized crime has gotten more organized and sophisticated. Okita's old Tokyo neighborhood is contested turf for two yakuza gangs whom he hopes to play off each other. He also figures that he can press the more respectable of the two gangs, presuming that they'll be reluctant to take high-profile reprisals. His street-thug tactics are oldschool but effective, and he soon has his own little enclave of vice to reign over. Conflict escalates, however, when the respectable gang calls on a powerful regional clan for aid, offering them a lucrative foothold in the big city. These dudes are tougher than either gang, and when Okita offends their boss, even Boss Yato (real-life yakuza turned actor Noburo Ando), the gang leader who has a grudging nostalgic affection for our hero, demands that he apologize. Apologies aren't in Okita's nature, however. He does what he wants and takes what he wants and damns the consequences.
Mayumi Nagisa gives a powerful performance as a raging, ruined woman whose only real relationship is with the man who ruined her.
Yokohama Underworld:Machine Gun Dragon, but I like him better the less hysterical he gets. He's good in Street Mobster just the same, in part because he can convey that he doesn't really fully understand why he does what he does, especially when it comes to his quasi-girlfriend. On some level he just refuses to question himself, just as he refuses to compromise until it's really too late. While Sugawara is fine for the role, Nagisa threatens to steal the film every time she appears. Her rage and her enigmatic passion for Okita make a potent impression, and the fact that Nagisa had a brief career, including only one film after 1974, was instantly disappointing to me.