Delinquent Boss 1

The "Wolves of the City" aka
"Delinquent Boss" series

Furyu bancho 12The "Wolves of the City" series also known as "Delinquent Boss" or occasionally "Juvenile Boss" starred Tatsuo Umemiya as the leader of a motorcycle youth gang called the Capones.

There were seventeen Wolves of the City films between 1968 & 1974, in the main aimed at shock-value & "pinku" soft-core with sex, nudity, violence, gunplay, & a lot of mainly pointless foolishness when the biker gang coopts racist or nazi imagery, inventing a non-existent youth culture void of morality..

The motorcycle gang takes on police, gangsters, & the general public, with frequent excuses throughout the series for women to take at least some of their clothing off & even to wield swords partially naked.

Furyu bancho 4The second in the series features Junko Miyazono as Ocho Inoshika, a character later played by Reiko Ike in Sex & Fury & Female Yakuza (1973). Miyazono's presence improves the value of the film but can't actually save it. The second episode also introduced Bunta Sugawara's recurring character, & many other faces recognizable from other yakuza-eiga series populate the Delinquent Boss set. The very last film in the series was a cross-over with "The Outsider" aka "Gokudo" series starring Tomisaburo Wakayama.

Not really yakuza films but a separate genre of juvenile gang films, the Delinquent Boss was inspired by Peter Fonda in Roger Corman's drive-in cheapy The Wild Angels (1966) which had an unexpected popularity in Japan.

In the main Tatsuo Umemiya was a bit old to be posing as a juvenile delinquent & being a pie-faced actor to boot, he'd've made a better Tora-san commedian than leather-biker tough-guy. Plus the gang outfits for these motorcycle hoodlums are extravagant in their ridiculousness.

Trying to capture certain Americanisms (Confederate soldier hats with skull & bones on them for example) are invariably laughable. The series was campy from the start but too violent for intentional jest; nevertheless, about halfway through the series episodes got increasingly hoked up with lowbrow comedy, dragging an already lame batch of films deeper into crumminess.

Furyu bancho 12Here is the entire series in order of release:

1. Furyo bancho
Wolves of the City, aka Delinquent Boss. 1968
Director: Yukio Noda

2. Furyo bancho: Inoshika Ocho
Delinquent Boss & Inoshika Ocho. 1969
Director: Yukio Noda

3. Furyo bancho nerikan burusu
Wolves of the City: Detention Blues. 1969
Director: Yukio Noda

4. Furyo bancho okuri okami (1969)
Wolves of the City: Escort Wolf. 1969
Director: Makoto Naito

5. Furyo bancho dobunezumi sakusen
Wolves of the City: Sewer Rat Plan. 1969
Director: Makoto Naito

6. Furyo bancho otebisha
Wolves of the City: Checkmate. 1970
Director: Makoto Naito

7. Furyo bancho ikkaku senkin
Wolves of the City: Instant Fortune. 1970
Director: Yukio Noda

8. Furyo bancho detatoko shoubu
Wolves of the City: High Risk Game. 1970
Director: Makoto Naito

9. Furyo bancho boso bagi-dan
Wolves of the City: Reckless Driving. 1970
Director: Makoto Naito

10. Furyo bancho kuchi kara demakase
Wolves of the City: Making It Up. 1970
Director: Yukio Noda

11. Furyo bancho yarazu buttakuri
Wolves of the City: Rip Off Game. 1971
Director: Yukio Noda

Gokudo vs Delinquent Boss12. Furyo bancho te haccho kuchi haccho
Wolves of the City: Smooth Talking, Good Fighting. 1971
Director: Makoto Naito

13. Furyo bancho ichimou dajin
Wolves of the city: Number One in Charge. 1971
Director: Yukio Noda

14. Furyo bancho totsugeki! Ichiban
Wolves of the City: Attack! Number One. 1971
Director: Makoto Naito

15. Furyo bancho norainu kidotai
Wolves of the City: Alley Dog Commando
aka Stray Dog Riot Squad. 1972
Director: Yukio Noda

16. Furyo bancho hone made shabure
Wolves of the City: Devour to the Bone. 1972
Director: Yukio Noda

17. Gokudo vs. furyo bancho
Gokudo versus the Delinquent Boss. 1974
Director: Kosaku Yamashita
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