Aesthetics Wiki

Warning: This article is only addressing the aesthetic that surrounds the Yakuza. This article may include mature themes such as gun violence and drugs. The Aesthetics Wiki is, in no way, glorifying the actions of the Yakuza, past or present. It is merely here for documentation purposes only.

Yakuza (also known as Gokudō) are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan.


Yakuza aesthetic visuals typically include either black-and-white photography or artwork depicting various activities and fashion styles of the Yakuza. Tattoos are very common traits of Yakuza imagery, and these tattoos usually consist of artwork of Japanese cultural staples or Japanese folk tales.

  • Black-and-white filter or photography
  • Tattoos (usually of Japanese women and/or Japanese cultural symbols)
  • Weapons, particularly guns
  • Cities
  • Imagery of Japanese dragons
  • Drugs, particularly tobacco



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  • A Diary of Chuji's Travels (Daisuke Itō, 1927)
  • Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa, 1948)
  • Underworld Beauty (Seijun Suzuki, 1958)
  • Pale Flower (Masahiro Shinoda, 1964)
  • Brutal Tales of Chivalry (Kiyoshi Saeki, 1965)
  • Abashiri Prison (Teruo Ishii, 1965)
  • Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki, 1966)
  • Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki, 1967)
  • Sympathy for the Underdog (Kinji Fukasaku, 1971)
  • Street Mobster (Kinji Fukasaku, 1972)
  • Graveyard of Honor (Kinji Fukasaku, 1975)
  • The Yakuza (Sydney Pollack, 1975)
  • Black Rain (Ridley Scott, 1989)
  • Boiling Point (Takeshi Kitano, 1990)
  • Minbo (Juzo Itami, 1992)
  • Brother (Takeshi Kitano, 2000)
  • Gozu (Takashi Miike, 2003)
  • Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, 2010)
  • The Outsider (Martin Zandvliet, 2018)

Video Game

  • Yakuza (game series) (2005-2021)