Deadliest Warrior (2009): S01E05 – Yakuza vs. Mafia


Deadliest Warrior is a 2009 documentary series in which the great warriors of history are examined for fantasy combat simulations.


Mafia – the deadly crime family that rule New York’s 1920’s underworld, versus Yakuza – feared gang lords that dominate the mean streets of 1940’s Tokyo. Their bloody turf war to decide who is deadliest will be settled with machine guns, sawed off shotguns, pistols, bats, nunchukus and icepicks.

  • Yakuza team: Zero Kazama (Yakuza Weapons Expert), David Kono (Yakuza Descendant/Historian)
    Yakuza weapons: Nunchakus, Walther P38, Sten Gun, Ceramic Grenade, Sai
    Yakuza armour: None
  • Yakuza statistics: Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Weight: 150 lbs Gear Weight: 10 pounds. In addition, a chronological date for the Yakuza featured in this episode is given as the year 1947.
  • Mafia team: Joe Ferrante (Mafia Weapons Expert), Thomas Bonanno (Mafia Descendant/Historian)
    Mafia weapons: Baseball Bat, Sawed-Off Shotgun, Tommy Gun, Molotov Cocktail, Ice Pick
    Mafia armour: None
  • Mafia statistics: Height: 5 feet, 10 inches Weight: 170 lbs Gear Weight: 10 pounds. In addition, a chronological date for the episode’s Mafia is given as the year 1929.
  • The nunchakus were tested against the baseball bat. The bat broke a pig’s spine at over 100 mph, breaking five segments of the spinal cord. Zero Kazama is then seen delivering a roundhouse kick against another pig apparently breaking the spine though the results are not explained Zero states Nunchaku are distraction weapons. The nunchakus were tested on a gel head and managed to crack its skull in three hits. Joe Ferrante performed an impromptu demonstration of the bat on the same torso and caused more damage in one swing (though this would have been inaccurate because the skull was already broken). In the end, the bat was given the edge for its sheer power.
  • The Walther P38 was tested against the sawed-off double-barrelled shotgun. The P38 proved to have deadly accuracy, managing to hit a synthetic skull (filled with brains) through the left eye socket. The sawed-off shotgun was tested on a dummy, hitting its target in the torso and cheek. The shotgun was given the edge due to its superior killing power.
  • The Tommy Gun and Sten were both tested against single and multiple targets. The Tommy Gun was given the edge due to its stronger calibre, faster rate of fire, and larger magazine.
  • The ice pick was tested against the sai. The ice pick was able to stab a gel torso in the neck and through its head. The sai was tested on a blood-filled foam torso, and was able to put multiple stab wounds in it. The sai was given the edge due to its versatility. The ice pick was included as a weapon only because it was commonplace; the sai, however, was actually designed for use as a weapon.
  • The ceramic grenade was tested against the Molotov cocktail. The ceramic grenade was able to take out three targets: one was confused, one was disoriented, and the other was dead. The Molotov cocktail was tested on two dummies in a car. When thrown, it put the car in a “mini-firestorm” and slowly burned the dummies. The ceramic grenade was given the edge due to its ability to put its victims in a completely defenceless state, whereas the Molotov’s victims were not immediately incapacitated.
  • This was the first ever squad-on-squad battle in the show.
  • This is the first episode that involves neutral nonparticipants in the simulation: A couple gets caught in the initial crossfire at the start of the fight.
  • Despite not being tested, in the simulation, the Mafia can be seen with a pistol and stiletto and one of the Yakuza members can be seen with a katana.
  • The Mafia is one of six warriors with no battle cry at the end of the battle.
  • The Tommy Gun scored the most kills of any firearm in the first two seasons.
  • The Mafia are the third warriors of thirteen to win after scoring more kills at mid range and long range.
  • The sai is the fourth weapon to be given the edge while scoring fewer kills than the opposing weapon.
  • According to the listed statistics, the Mafia had a size advantage of 4 inches and 20 lbs. Gear weight was equal. The time differential between the two warriors as listed is 18 years. As a side note, this was the third episode of four consecutive episodes to feature warriors of Japanese descent; of these, the Yakuza were both the physically largest and the chronologically most modern.

Re-enactment 5

At a Japanese hotel’s reception, a couple’s filing in for the night, before being ambushed by the Yakuza from one corner…and the Mafia right on the other exit of the hotel. One of the Mafia’s members prepares a Molotov Cocktail for a spicy welcoming, but he’s cut short by one of the civilians shouting “Bakudan desu!” (That’s a bomb!); this causes the Yakuza to retaliate swiftly by shooting rounds of British Sten, but the Mafia doesn’t stay behind and shoots from their Tommies as well, killing the civilians, one of which is used as meatshields by the Yakuza’s leader. The men hide behind couches, doors, and sofas. Behind the welcoming counter, the same Molotov Gangster prepares another of his cocktails, but a Yakuza member lights up a ceramic grenade and rolls it towards, him, blowing up the Mafia member and setting him on fire at the same time, effectively killing him instantly. As the crossfire goes on, two Yakuza are gunned down by Tommy Gun rounds and another Mafia member is shot down by a Walther, causing the leader to run off. The Yakuza’s leader goes for hiding on an elevator shaft, where another Mafia member was hiding, the Yakuza leader brings out his two Sais as the Mafia member brings out his trusty shaving blade. After a brief fight, the Yakuza Leader stabs the Mafia member in the heart, before finishing him off with his Walther. The crossfire continues on the stairways, where a Mafia member mows down a Yakuza member with a shot from his sawed-off Shotgun, before he himself being taken down by the Yakuza’s British Sten’s near-surgical accuracy. At the basement, the Mafia’s leader, the lone remaining member, hides behind some lockers, as the remaining Yakuza member (barring out the leader), prepares to ambush him with his Sten, but the Mafia leader quickly disarms him with a strike from his baseball bat. The Yakuza brings out a pair of nunchaku, but the Mafia leader knocks him down, and proceeds to beat the Yakuza to death. As the Mafia leader heads into the boiler room, he encounters the Yakuza leader, leading to another exchange of rounds, before the Mafia leader has to reload, the Yakuza leader manages to aim his Walther to the Mafia leader’s head, but he runs out of ammunition, allowing the Mafia leader to retaliate by bludgeoning him with his shotgun’s body. The Yakuza leader quickly brings out his sai, while the Mafia leader brings out his switchblade, what follows is a close match between blades, which includes piercing through one of the boilers, the Mafia leader injures the Yakuza leader in the arm, before forcing him face-first into the hole on the boiler, disorienting him, and leaving him ready for a stab to the neck from the Mafia leader’s ice pick, killing the Yakuza leader. With that off the way, the lone mafioso lights up a cigar, content with his victory, and prepares to leave, with another contract under his belt.

Winner: Mafia.

Deadliest Warrior Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 May 2009.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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