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06.10.13 Marina Galperina

Watching a former member of Japan’s notorious Yakuza mafia snap off his pinkie prosthetic is terrifying. It’s not nearly as terrifying as his soft-spoken account of “yubitsume” — the Yakuza punishment for disgraced gang members which requires them to chop off their own fingers. He slammed a chisel through this one. This one didn’t break off, so […]

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09.06.12 John Marshall Katheder

You’d think that several flowers would make a better apology than severed fingers. But, as Belgian photographer Anton Kusters found out, the yakuza gangsters of Japan prefer something called Yubitsume for atonement. Yubitsume literally translates to “finger shortening,” which is a pretty effective euphemism for slicing off part of your pinky and offering it humbly to […]

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02.19.10 Marina Galperina

Tired of zombin’ out to Bollywood crapfests and shitting your life away with the damn Lost reruns? The Twitter bird sends good news: Criterion is jumping aboard the digital acquisitions train with its own Hulu channel. […]

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