A peek into Japanese Yakuza/custom Lamborghini subculture

The Japanese Yakuza (mafia) is notoriously secretive about its dealings, but one documentary maker was able to get access to a member to talk about why he loves Lamborghinis so much.

In the seven-minute short by Luke Huxham called Underground Hero: Love to Hate Me, supposed Yakuza member Shinichi Moroboshi is driving a modified Diablo GT, but it seems he owns many other Lamborghinis including a hologram-wrapped Gallardo. In a scene that screams Tokyo, a small army of outlandish customized Lamborghinis (one is wrapped in metallic leopard print) are cruising down a highway with their modified neon LED lights flashing away. Whether you’re a store or a car in Tokyo, if you don’t have neon lights, you don’t stand out.

Moroboshi-san (who says he’s been arrested a few times) says driving a Lamborghini isn’t about going fast, but maintaining his image. He saw and heard a Countach when he was 17 and vowed that one day, he would own a Lamborghini.

The Yakuza is an organized crime syndicate, so we’re not trying to glamorize the criminal lifestyle, but this beautifully shot movie is a rare and fascinating peek into the often covered up underworld of Japan, a world in which flashy cars and loud motorcycles are an important part of:

Here’s a better look at the hologram-wrapped Gallardo:

Hat tip to The Verge. Interesting fact I learned from the video: The Japanese word for “hoon” is bousou.

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