Yakuza prequel movie online

Takeshi Miike-directed promo flick gets subtitled in English; first of four parts now available.

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Yakuza doesn't arrive in stores until September, but Sega is prepping gamers for its release with a series of short films designed to flesh out the game's backstory. The European site for the game is now hosting the first of four shorts directed by shock auteur Takeshi Miike (viewers must be 18 or older). While Sega enlisted high-profile talent like Michael Madsen, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Mark Hamill to provide voices for the game, it opted to subtitle Miike's short in English.

The prolific Miike is no stranger to the game's subject matter, having put his own unique spin on the Yakuza genre with films like Dead or Alive, Gozu, Full Metal Yakuza, and Graveyard of Honor. Sega Europe hasn't detailed a time frame for the release of the other three episodes of Miike's prequel film, but they should be available by the game's September 15 European release date.

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