Ryuichi Baba (far left), who goes under the stage name "Arifu Riman," takes a cigarette break with his fellow ex-mobster actors.
Ex-mobster actors say they find acting fun and purposeful.
Takakura-gumi's ex-mobsters joke with one another in their makeshift dressing room.
An actor from the Takakura-gumi talent agency waits for his cue to go on set.
Takakura-gumi's ex-mobster actors want to translate some of the rituals of the yakuza on screen.
The crew for action flick "Crazy Fighter" often consult the ex-mobster actors so they can depict their world accurately.
Director of "Crazy Fighter" says working with ex-mobsters gives him a better insight on the rituals of the criminal world.
Kenta Noguchi used to head up a biker gang and was an attendant to a yakuza boss before police arrested him.
Ex-mobsters from the Takakura-gumi acting agency wait for their cue to go on set.
Kuramoto founded the Takakura-gumi acting agency to help ex-mobsters rebuild their lives.
Ryuichi Baba spent 20 years in the Chinese mafia in Japan.
Ryuichi Baba says he felt like he moved from hell to heaven when he managed to escape the mob.