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I can take another name, and build a new life... But on the inside I'll always have that instinct, no matter how much I hate it. I'm yakuza through and through. Guile only gets you so far in this game. Remember that. You won't get another chance.
~ Kazuma to Aoyama.

Kazuma Kiryu is the protagonist of the Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) video game series published by Sega.

He serves as a main protagonist and playable character in Yakuza and it’s remake Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 2 and it's remake Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza 3 and Yakuza 6. One of playable characters in Yakuza 0, Yakuza 4, Yakuza 5, and Yakuza Dead Souls. and he returns as a minor character in 2020 video game Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Kazuma was the former lieutenant advisor of the Dojima Family in the Tojo Clan until one fateful night he took the blame for the murder of his boss, Sohei Dojima to protect his best friend, Akira Nishikiyama who was the real murderer.

His legendary exploits and infamous back tattoo earned him the title of Dragon of Dojima.

He is voiced by Japanese voice actor Takaya Kuroda, and by English voice actor Darryl Kurylo in video game series. Portrayed by Masakatsu Funaki in Like a Dragon: Prologue film and Kazuki Kitamura in a 2007 film based on first PS2 video game.

Appearance

Kiryu is a tall, well-built, and muscular man, due to his intensive training and repeated scuffles. On his back to just above his thighs lies a white, grey, black, and red dragon grasping a pearl. His black hair is short and put in a messily slicked back style. Despite his intimidating built, he is considered to be quite handsome, having brown eyes that are commended to be beautiful and attracting girls.

Personality

Kiryu Kazuma is infamous for being the stoic but highly just and honorable living legend in the dark world of yakuza, driven by determination and strictly adhering to his virtues and honor, which he learned from Kazama, his adoptive father. Although admitting that he is no saint, Kiryu's strong sense of justice makes it his primary priority to protect vulnerable civilians, like women and children, from corrupt yakuza and other powerful figures, and he is more than willing to die for his beliefs and the sake of others. His compassion even extends to helping out regular civilians without hesitation or expecting any reward.

One of his strongest moral tendencies is his strong protectiveness towards women, children, the elderly, and animals. His disapproval of them coming to harm is such that seeing someone violating them is bound to make him show his temper and beat them down, and he shows remorse when he slapped Haruka and his unwillingness to harm women even extends to evil women. His affinity with children makes him a strong caretaker to the children of the Morning Glory Orphanage, being genuinely kind and understanding and more than willing to go to certain lengths to keep them happy.

Kiryu is shown to be somewhat awkward towards everyday life situations, often becoming flustered and bewildered whenever women make advances or when he sees civilians get involved in bizarre and awkward situations. Nonetheless, he is patient enough to form deep relationships with them and even when they end, as seen by the termination of his romantic relationships with Yumi and Kaoru, he does not easily despair.

Despite his perseverance, he revealed that deep down there does exist a part of him that sees death as a release from his life and allowing him to reunite with his lost comrades. In the end, by drawing strength from both his love for his comrades and adopted kids and also his indomitable willpower and genuine passion for justice, however, he has never succumbed to this side and always preserved in the face of great tragedy and massive problems.

Kiryu is often recognized for being forgiving and merciful, as he prefers to spare defeated enemies rather than killing them, to the point where he even uses swords and guns in non-fatal ways, and he also is more than willing to sympathize with and forgive enemies if they truly regret, even when they had offended him personally, as displayed with his treatment of Mine over his genuine friendship with Daigo and his forgiveness of Arase and Hamazaki, even after they had killed his friend and almost stabbed him to death. He is even willing to help them out in their path for redemption and believes that people who wishes to atone for their crimes can be forgiven. However, as Kiryu himself firmly states in Yakuza 5, he has killed people. Although virtually all of the kills before Yakuza 5 were in self-defense, Kiryu states that he will not hesitate to cripple and even murder unrepentant enemies. Even he recognizes this as a flaw that he cannot remove due to his yakuza upbringing, his chilling coldness and hatred is unstoppable and could only be stopped by forceful intervention.

Relationships

  • Kiryu and Kazama: Kazama was effectively Kiryu's father figure, who he idolized greatly ever since he was taken in by the man. His loyalty and respect of Kazama was such that he willingly entered the Yakuza world just to help Kazama. Learning everything about being a just Yakuza in heart from his father, Kiryu held him in such a high regard that he utterly refused to get Kazama dragged down by him and would ask for his advice when needed. When Kazama died, Kiryu was utterly devastated and forgave him even after he revealed he had killed his real parents.
  • Kiryu and Nishiki: Nishiki was literately Kiryu's brother. They were childhood friends raised together by Kazama and joined the Tojo Clan to help their adopted father and always looked out for one another, Kiryu being more than willing to sacrifice himself for his brother and Nishiki being unwilling to fight Kiryu even when ordered to and choosing his side. Alas, fate tragically drove Kiryu and Nishiki apart when Kiryu took the blame for Sohei Dojima's death and left Nishiki with the guit of failing his brother. While Kiryu wanted to live with Nishiki and Yumi in peace, Nishiki had become embittered after losing his sister and Kiryu and turned into a monster who would do anything to become the Chairman of the Tojo Clan. This drove them at odds as Kiryu refused to work with Nishiki, especially after Nishiki killed Kazama, but in the end they were able to make amends after Kiryu defeated Nishiki, showing sympathy towards Nishiki's inferiority complex towards him and making it clear he would not kill him, only for Nishiki to sacrifice himself to kill Jingu. Although not actively showing it, Kiryu was clearly distraught at Nishiki's death and never forgot about him, beating up someone who impersonated him, commenting somberly when he had a food with the same name as his brother, and his karaoke song TONIGHT ~restart from this night~ shows that he will never forget his brother and seeks to reunite with him in the afterlife.
  • Kiryu and Haruka: Haruka is for all sense and purpose Kiryu's adopted daughter. Although things started out distant between them, Kiryu and Haruka eventually developed a strong bond and Kiryu adopted her and raised her. She was the closest out of all the children of the Sunflower Orphanage to him.
  • Kiryu and Yuta: At first, Kiryu's relationship with Yuta was just like his usual relationship with the other members of the Hirose Family, but in time, seeing Yuta's unusual care and affection for Haruka and Haruto started to deepen their bond, with Kiryu being intrigued and seemingly sensing Yuta may be in love with Haruka. When it was revealed Yuta was in fact the one who impregnated Haruka and the father of Haruto, Kiryu was not too shocked, indicating he had suspected it. He didn't have any qualms accepting Yuta and Haruka's romance, but was angered to see Yuta was haunted with his relation to the Saio Triad and unable to be a proper father to Haruto. However, never once did Kiryu forget Yuta's relationship with Haruka and Haruto, and he sympathized with his doubts, resolving to mold him into a proper lover and father for Haruka and Haruto. Kiryu even risked his life to save Yuta when Yuta tried to die with Lo. He ultimately was willing to sacrifice himself so Yuta could live and trusted him with taking care of Haruka and Haruto.

Powers and Abilities

Combat Abilities

Kazuma Kiryu is most well-known for his extraordinary, almost fully unmatched skill and might in battle, being deeply feared and admired by others who knew his abilities.

  • Master Martial Artist: Kiryu Kazuma is a terrifyingly formidable and extraordinarily accomplished master martial artist who is perhaps the best fighter in the entire series, his skills improving as time went. He has mastered a vast variety of martial arts and is particularly skilled in wrestling, brawling, and acrobatic arts, incorprating Street Brawling, Karate, Muay Thai, Pro Wrestling, Krav Maga, Judo, Kickboxing into his Dragon of Dojima Style, created by mastering the Rush and Beast Styles and the arts that composed them and adding original deadly martial arts of his own into the mix. His fighting style is extremely versatile, able to focus in either his phenomenal speed or tremendous strength for numerous ferocious yet fluid and adaptable combat techniques. His level of skill in martial arts is such that mastering new moves and techniques are easy for him and he can even create his own original techniques. His skill is able to defeat even seasoned fighters with remarkable ease and effortlessly handle dozens of groups, even to the level of buildings and armies of enemies, including even those who are expert fighters in their own right, without taking any injuries and showing only minor exertion, most notably defeating more than 100 Tojo Clan members, besting the entire Saio Triad by himself, summarily defeating the entire Hirose Family while very easily taking down Yuta and Nagumo, even while greatly holding back, besting Akiyama and Tanimura with some difficulty while making short work of the former in a one-on-one fight, soundly overpowering Daigo in their early fights and coming out on top handily in their final fight, Daigo even admitting he was no match for him, easily besting Kuze, quickly dispatching Shindo when he was armed with a katana, making short work of Takumi Someya and Kanji Koshimizu, utterly outclassing Tsuneo Iwami while injured, and even overpowering Kasuga Ichiban and his allies without much effort. Kiryu's combat level is also enough to defeat even the most dangerous fighters even when they are armed, defeating Nishiki while not trying to kill him with a considerable amount of effort, overpowering Ryuji Goda repeatedly even when he was armed with a katana, defeating Mine after a prolonged and brutal fight, defeating Han Joong Gi twice, incapacitating Toru Hirose, the strongest Yakuza in Hiroshima who was capable of defeating the entire Saio Triad, defeating the extremely skilled Mad Dog of the Tojo Clan Goro Mahima, his long-time rival, and was only ever stalemated by the legendary Taiga Saejima while he wasn't fighting at full force and Kiryu eventually proved to exceed him by defeating him in the Victory Road Tournament Finals and overpowering Raiden, who he himself considered too dangerous for even Saejima. Kiryu was also more than a match for the Amon Clan fighters, who deemed him as the ultimate warrior who they must defeat to become the best, Jo Amon describing his victory against Sango, Kazuya, and Jiro as being quick and admitting they were no match for him.
    • Weaponry Expert: Kiryu also grows to master melee weapons: He starts out being able to perform wide and wild swings with weapons that are fairly decent but simple and after training with Goro and Komaki, his skill with weaponry greatly improves to where he becomes able to wield weapons with much greater ease, skill and displays proficient techniques, rivaling Goro's own skill. He is capable of easily disarming and then using the weapons of his enemies against them effectively. At one point, armed with a katana, Kiryu was able to outduel Konji Shindo without much effort.
      • Master Marksman: Although rarely making use of guns, Kiryu is also quite well-versed in their use and can easily perform multiple accurate non-fatal shots in an instant. He made use of firearms primarily while fighting the zombies in Dead Souls and managed to easily gun down multiple zombies.
  • Superhuman Physical Conditioning: Supplementing Kazuma Kiryu's extraordinary fighting skills are his superhuman levels of physical prowess. His physical abilities in all it's fields have proven to be terrifying, being capable of effectively engaging in numerous highly difficult situations and fights even with other individuals of fearsome power and coming out on top, with very few being able to match Kiryu's physical abilities even in some aspect. The Amon Clan even considers him to be the perfect lifeform.
    • Immense Strength: Kiryu's extraordinary physical strength allows him to completely overpower and handle normal enemies with ease, capable of tossing them around, restraining and slamming them, and leaving them incapacitated with only a few blows, and he can handle even large beasts and animals with ease, as shown when he stopped a charging 3-ton bull dead in its tracks and easily flipped it to the side by grabbing it's horns, manhandled two tigers at once, tipped over a gigantic yamagasa with his bare hands and pushed it with enough force to cause a shockwave, and effortlessly yanked out great white sharks over 5 meters long with only a fishing pole and a single arm and stopped one from closing it's mouth on him before punching it away. Lifting heavy objects seems to be of no problem for him, as he can lift motorcycles and electrical boxes well above his head and casually swing them around and even held up a massive wooden beam. His strength also allows him to overpower even deadly fighters, such as winning a wrestle with So Amon, physically outmatching Hiroya Egashira, and besting Majima in terms of raw strength, even stalemating the more muscular and taller Saejima.
    • Immense Speed and Reflexes: Despite his muscular and large body, Kiryu's speed and reflexes are also extremely impressive. At his maximum speed with Rush and Dragon Spirit, he can effortlessly cover great distances with a single dash and dodge and counter attacks with such speed as to leave afterimages. He can move at speeds to appear as a blur and faster than the human eye can perceive and is able to react at such speed as to perceive the surroundings in slow motion. He is even capable of easily reacting to and countering bullets. Kiryu's senses are also incredible and can react to surprise attacks with ease, even when in disadvantageous situations. He is also capable of effortlessly reacting to and defeating multiple enemies at once and can even easily match Majima's infamous speed. He regularly can easily react to surprise attacks, even from master fighters like Shindo and Toru Hirose. He even delivered multiple blows on Akiyama without him being able to react.
    • Immense Durability: Kiryu's body is extraordinarily resilient, and he is capable of amplifying his durable body with proper usage of techniques designed to weaken and neutralize damage. He is completely unaffected and unfazed by normal levels of blunt force, taking punches to the head without injuries, even from the likes of strong fighters like Kasuga and even Mine, and being entirely uninjured by having a glass bottle slammed into his back, and can even withstand high-level fire weapons like helicopter missiles and full-powered shark bites with only minimum damage. Kiryu's astonishing durability also allowed him to withstand numerous powerful blows from deadly enemies.
    • Immense Stamina and Endurance: Kiryu's greatest strength perhaps is his terrifyingly formidable levels of stamina and endurance. With a history of participating in numerous gruelsome battles, Kiryu's resilience helps him in case enemies do injure him, as he is able to weave off the damage easily and continue fighting at maximum power as well as exert himself for prolonged periods of time against enemies of remarkable power and ultimately come out on top and outlast such enemies. Even when he is exhausted, his conditioning is powerful enough to allow him to make quick recoveries even in short notice if necessary and remain formidable enough. He has even been able to repeatedly survive being shot in fairly close proximity by bullets and remain conscious for a noteworthy period of time to ultimately heal without any lasting injuries.

Other Abilities

  • Intimidation: Due to his extraordinary reputation as a fighter, Kiryu commands an incredibly intimidating presence that terrifies most of his enemies and also causes them to respect him.
  • Intelligence: Despite his brutish looks and attitude, Kiryu is actually extremely gifted and competent in the intellectual side of life as well, regarded as being more street smart than book smart and quicker on the go, able to quickly master most fields through real world experience without needing traditional study, making him a highly efficient helper and able to solve any minor life problems distressed civilians had. Kiryu is also remarkably perceptive and is capable of seeing through most deceptions and is quite strategical and foresightful, able to quickly anticipate future situations based on only minimum information, and swiftly devise and improvise plans to solve problems at hand, Goro even describing Kiryu as being constantly 10 steps ahead in strategy and foresight. Kiryu also displays rather considerable natural abilities as a leader, being able to quickly command respect from his allies and lead them successfully into missions, his allies usually trusting his judgment due to both his charisma and direct but tactical personality allowing him to take command over most situations.
    • Master Businessman: Kiryu is an exceptional businessman. He was an incredibly successful estate agent and was able to flawlessly handle a cabaret club. Kiryu later founded the Sunshine Orphanage.
    • Skilled Technician: Kiryu has displayed a remarkable skill with technology, being able to work on tiny machines like slot racing cars with immense accuracy and customize them on the fly.
  • Master Driver: Kiryu is an exceptionally skilled driver. His mastery of racing cars is such that in addition to he could defeat multiple people who were deemed to be serious contenders for professional Formula One racing but couldn't make it due to financial constraints, with nothing but just his taxi, and could easily master scuba-diving without requiring much training.
  • Master Stealth: Despite Kiryu's preference for direct action, he has displayed a surprising amount of skill in stealth, as he was able to pass through multiple women in a tight alley without any of them seeing him back when he bought a porn magazine to a child in order to let him experience it for the first time, help a famous Korean pop singer Il-Yu Jin visit a gravure DVD club without getting spotted by the singer's fans, and managed to infiltrate the Saio Triad's headquarters a highly-guarded hotel when he went in to save Kiyomi Kasahara.

Biograreal-world

Past

Kazuma Kiryu was born on June 17, 1968 and adopted by Shintaro Kazama, Captain of the Dojima Family, at a very young age after the death of his parents. Raised at Sunflower Orphanage, Kiryu gained childhood friends in the form of Akira Nishikiyama and Yumi Sawamura, whose biological parents were also killed by Kazama.

Growing up raised well by Kazama, both he and his brother deeply admired and considered him to be a role model, so much so that they even tried to join the yakuza, prompting Kazama to beat them on a rainy night, but Kiryu cried out that he "idolized him" and that "orphans deserve to dream too", eventually causing Kazama to give in and allow it.

One of Kiryu's earliest criminal misadventures occured on Christmas Eve, 1980, when Kiryu - out of concern for Kazama - follows him to a raid on the Korean Jingweon Mafia. While there, Kiryu interrupts Kazama's negotiations with two Jingweon members. In the confusion caused by Kiryu's sudden appearance, Kazama is forced to protect Kiryu by killing one of the operatives.

Yakuza 0

In 1988, Kiryu is a low-ranking member of the Dojima Family working as muscle for a debt collector. While on a collection run, Kiryu roughs up a man in the Empty Lot to take the owed funds, only to learn that the man had been murdered later on., causing him to be summoned to the Dojima Family office by Keiji Shibusawa, Daisaku Kuze, and Hiroki Awano (the three Lieutenants of the Dojima Family, and Kiryu's superiors) who accuse him of the murder. With the fact that the man had died from a gunshot wound, and not as a result of the injuries inflicted upon him, Kiryu decides to prove his innocence and find the true killer, rather than simply taking the blame and turning himself in, as was demanded by his superiors.

When Sohei Dojima blames the murder on Kazama - who at the time is the Captain of the Dojima Family - is in prison for an unrelated incident, Kiryu refuses to sit by and allow Kazama to take the fall for him, and travels to the Dojima Family office to request to be expelled from the family, wishing to continue his investigation into the murder as a civilian without having to worry about the politics of the yakuza. Easily defeating Kuze - who wants Kiryu executed for what he views as rebellion- Dojima agrees to expel Kiryu.

At a loss about where to begin with his investigation, Kiryu decides to accept an invitation to meet with Tetsu Tachibana at the latter's office, learning that Tachibana Real Estate and the Dojima Family are having an all-out war over the acquisition of the Empty Lot. The lot happens to be standing in the way of a major redevelopment project planned in Kamurocho - the building that would become the Millennium Tower. Reluctantly, with Tachibana equally as ruthless as the Dojima family, Kiryu agrees to side with Tachibana in this war, and begins a new life as an employee of Tachibana Real Estate, and works alongside Jun Oda - Tachibana's right-hand man and a senior employee of the company - to attempt to locate the owner of the Empty Lot. This quickly leads to the Dojima Family antagonizing Kiryu due to the fact that Kiryu has begun to work with the enemy. The threat becomes so great that Nishiki attempts to kill Kiryu as an act of mercy in order to spare him from torture and an inevitably painful death, but is unable to do so and Kiryu leaves and distances himself from Nishiki, saying that they can no longer be brothers now that Kiryu has been expelled.

Upon returning to Kamurocho, he finds his apartment burned down and Dojima's men flooding the city searching for him. Kiryu is eventually cornered by Kuze and forced into another battle before being rescued by Tachibana and escaping to a wharf on the outskirts of the city. With Tachibana's appeal to the Tojo Clan with the promise of handing over the deed to the Empty Lot along with an extra ¥1,000,000,000 (¥500,000,000 in advance, with the other half promised afterwards) in exchange for Kiryu's safety, Kiryu travels to Sotenbori with Oda to meet with the owner of the deed at Camellia Grove, meeting with Masaru Sera who has Makoto Makimura under his protection. However, Shibusawa has discovered their whereabouts and he and his men attempt to kill Kiryu and Makoto while they are on their way back to Kamurocho. After throwing them off their trail and hiding in a warehouse, Makoto tells Kiryu that Oda is not to be trusted, which leads to him holding Makoto at gunpoint. Makoto stabs him in the leg with a blade concealed in her cane, leaving Oda vulnerable to an attack by Kiryu. After coming clean about the truth of the situation, Oda allows Kiryu and Makoto to escape while he stays back to hold off Shibusawa and his men.

Laying low back in Kamurocho, Kiryu meets up with Tachibana, who explains that Kazama, knowing Kiryu, had anticipated these very actions, and he and Tachibana had been working together to find the Empty Lot owner, with Kazama attempting to seize the Empty Lot to stop Dojima from obtaining more power, and Tachibana simply wishing to reunite with his sister, Makoto. During their meeting they are discovered by the assassin Lao Gui - who Tachibana suspects is the true killer that Kiryu has been searching for - who shoots Kiryu non-fatally, and leaves the two with no other options, forcing Tachibana to surrender.

Kiryu wakes up in Little Asia, nursed back to health by Chen and quickly goes to save Tachibana, running into Nishiki, who had been promised a promotion if he killed Kiryu, and managing to get his cooperation. It's too late by the time they reach the building where Tachibana is being held captive, and find him half-conscious, struck in the head with a sledgehammer. Kiryu and Nishiki defeat Kuze and his men, and Kiryu rushes to Tachibana's side, who in his dying words reveals that Dojima had been the true mastermind all along, framing Kiryu in an attempt to push Kazama into action. Kiryu tearfully tells Kuze that he'll destroy every last one of Dojima's men if Makoto comes to harm. He picks up Tachibana's lifeless body and carries him outside to where his sister waits.

Not long after, he is contacted again by Sera, who relays to him that Shibusawa has found Makoto, and Dojima has awarded him with Kazama's former position of captain. Shibusawa has begun to purge any of Kazama's loyalists from the family; most notably Kiryu and Nishiki. Kiryu faces Kuze one last time, who after being defeated, reveals that Shibusawa intends to raid the Nikkyo Consortium's HQ, intending to kill Makoto - who is being held there - and cement his authority. Upon arriving at the Consortium's headquarters, Kiryu and Nishiki are met by Kashiwagi, who brings with him the rest of the family members still loyal to Kazama. Kiryu faces off with Shibusawa, who intends to make his mark by killing Kiryu. In a blind rage, Kiryu savagely beats up Shibusawa, infuriated at the pain and suffering he has caused, and nearly strikes a killing blow, but is stopped at the last moment by Nishiki.

Kiryu is finally cleared of all charges, and makes the decision to return to the Dojima Family under renewed oaths, much to Nishiki's surprise. He did this because he wanted to find his own path as a yakuza, "different from Kazama's".

Yakuza

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Yakuza 2

The intro of the game starts in the early 1980s, a detective is chasing after somebody and witnesses a murder of a Korean mob boss who says in Korean. And the murderer happens to be Kazuma Kiryu's foster father, Shintaro Kazama (Fuma). After Shintaro Kazama runs off, the mysterious detective checks on the man who tells him in Japanese that his child is in danger just ahead before he dies. The detective heads in that direction and notices a fire and finds the room where a Korean woman is alone with a baby. The woman kills herself, leaving the baby to the detective. Time then moves to a year after Yakuza. Since then, the Tojo Clan has been falling apart and they are on the brink of war against the Osaka based gang, the Omi Family, the gang backing Akira Nishikiyama in the first game. As a last resort, the Tojo Clan requests their former leader, Kazuma Kiryu (4th Chairman) for their help. Kazuma Kiryu and Haruka Sawamuraare living a peaceful life and they visit the graves of Yumi Sawamura, Akira Nishikiyama, and Shintaro Kazama. There, the appointed Chairman, Yukio Terada, a former member of the Omi Family, asks for Kazuma Kiryu's aide. However, the Omi Family quickly act and assassinate their former family member Terada and Kiryu heads out for Osaka to find a peaceful solution and prevent an all out Japan gang war from happening.

In order to protect the Tojo, Kiryu recruits his former comrade Daigo Dojima to replace Terada. However, Daigo decides to accompany Kiryu to Osaka during the clan's meeting to settle a score with the Omi. While in Osaka, Kiryu meets his Kansai equivalent and new rival, Ryuji Goda, the son of the head of the Omi Family, Jin Goda. Though enemies, Ryuji seems to hold a genuine respect for Kiryu and holds him in regard as his equal, hence necessary to vanquish Kiryu for there's only room for one Dragon in Japan. In the aftermath of the meeting, Jin Goda and Daigo are kidnapped while Kiryu is arrested by the detective Kaoru Sayama who is actually trying to keep him safe so that his death will not trigger a war. While working with Kaoru and his old friend Makoto Date, Kiryu learns of a Korean mafia group which is responsible for kidnapping Daigo and Jin. With help of his allies, Kiryu rescues Daigo and learns more about the Korean mafia, Jingweon.

Yakuza 3

The following story takes place on Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, where Kazuma runs the Sunshine Orphanage (Morning Glory(アサガオ Asagao?) in Japanese) with his adoptive daughter Haruka Sawamura (she calles him "Uncle Kaz") who accompanied him in the previous episodes and the Movie Version.

Sunshine Orphanage is on a land that is owned by Shigeru Nakahara, the boss of a local yakuza clan or bōryokudan, known as the Ryudo Family 琉道一家 (Ryūdō Ikka?). Nakahara is under pressure from the country's government to sell the land, which is planned to become a seaside resort. When his friend Daigo Dojima, Chairman of the Tojo Clan, is shot, Kiryu must deal with the three gang bosses who arranged the attempted murder.

The game ends with Kiryu succeeding in his mission, and he and Haruka meet to explore the town. Kazuma is confronted by a mysterious man, who is revealed to be Goh Hamazaki, having survived the offscreen attempt on his life. In anger, Hamazaki stabs Kiryu in the stomach, and is subdued afterwards, leaving a critically wounded Kazuma to give dying words to his adopted daughter.

In an after credits scene, the orphanage's children gather to play. As Haruka stands near a man, who the camera turns to reveal a bandaged Kiryu, having survived the stabbing, and he goes to continue running Sunshine Orphanage with Hakura helping him.

Yakuza 4

Kazuma continues to run the Sunshine Orphanage, but Hamazaki has finally arrived wounded trying to tell him. Kiryu tends to his injuries, asking why Hamazaki has come. Hamazaki says he wants to turn over, having been inspired by Saejima's trust in him. He also reveals what he stole from the prison: a ledger revealing that the 10 billion yen that set off the events of the first game was meant to be used for the prison. The ledger also reveals that the Ueno Seiwa and the police have been planning to get rid of the Tojo clan in order to get Kamurocho Hills and build a new police HQ. Hamazaki goes to the police department to turn himself in, but shockingly Yasuko is already there asking about her brother. Realizing her connection to Saejima, Kiryu and Hamazaki decide to talk to her. They reveal everything they know about Saejima, but are interrupted by Saito. Kiryu beats Saito and his guards and goes to Kamurocho with Yasuko. Hamazaki stays behind and collapses from a gunshot wound.

At Homeland Akiyama meets with Tanimura, revealing his office is under investigation by the district attorney for coercion due to his tests. He then says he has an idea to present to Tanimura. Yasuko stays at New Serena under the eye of Date while Kiryu goes to Millennium Tower to meet with Goro Majima only to find him being placed under arrest. He says the one who got him arrested was Daigo and warns Kiryu that the Ueno Hit, the 10 billion yen from five years ago, and Yasuko are connected. At the Tojo headquarters, Daigo is meaning with Munakata who presents Daigo an offer: promote Arai to a lieutenant as a liaison within the Tojo and he’ll eliminate the Ueno Seiwa Clan, Arai being revealed as an undercover police officer. At Purgatory Katsuragi has captured Saejima and reveals that Kido is working under him, having taken Akiyama’s 100 billion yen fortune from his secret vault.

At New Serena, Kiryu finds Date on the floor, having been drugged by Yasuko. Kiryu tracks her to Purgatory, but is stopped by Akiyama and Tanimura who he defeats. By the time he gets to Purgatory, Yasuko and Saejima have already been taken. Back as New Serena, the men convene and come up with a plan: Kiryu will meet Katsuragi with the ledger revealing the police department’s involvement in the secret prison in exchange for Yasuko, Saejima, and Akiyama’s money. However Katsuragi demands Kiryu come alone and must fight his way through the entire Ueno Seiwa clan. Kazuma makes it to the top of the construction site and hands over the file with Katsuragi giving Yasuko. Kido looks as if he’s about to shoot Kiryu and Yasuko, but instead shoots Katsuragi. He then gives the file to Arai who shoots Kido. Yasuko and Kiryu free Saejima who reveals Katsuragi had been wearing Kevlar vest like back during the Ueno hit. While Saejima decides killing Katsuragi isn’t worth it, Katsuragi shoots Yasuko in the back in turn kills Katsuragi before dying in Saejima’s arms. At Munakata's office, Arai gives him the ledger though Munakata is angry that Arai didn't get the 100 billion yen. He then orders Arai to kidnap the children under Kiryu's care, but Arai refuses and shoots Munakata with the untraceable gun he had been given.

After each character's stories end, they all meet together to confront each of their antagonists at the Millennium Tower, where Akiyama has put all of his remaining money on top of to lure them there. At the helipad of the tower, each member separates to fight their own enemy, with Akiyama taking Arai, Saejima taking Kido, Kiryu fighting Daigo, and Tanimura fighting the police chief and a large squad of their specialized SWAT members. After they are all defeated, the chief, who has been presented a newspaper already released to the public that reveals his crimes, takes out a gun and shoots Akiyama, seemingly killing him. After the remaining three restrain him, they go to Akiyama's body, which stirs, and it is revealed that the bullet was stopped by his last stack of money in his coat pocket, saving his life. The chief then takes the gun, which was left lying nearby, and puts it against his head. The camera pulls away as he shoots. It is later shown in a newspaper that Munakata committed suicide.

The epilogue, which takes place a few months after the final battle, shows the character's situations after. Akiyama, still working in his loan office, is greeted by an unknown woman, which he recognizes soon after to be Hana, who has lost a large amount of weight following the game's events. Saejima is living through life as a free man and now a yakuza member again, and has gotten over Lily's death, and will go back to prison for 3 more years instead of continuing his life sentence. Tanimura and Date are shown outside of the loan office, and it is revealed Date has rejoined the force, with Tanimura working with him, and that the chief did not shoot any of them, but instead committed suicide to avoid justice. Kiryu is reunited with Haruka, with it being implied he will find a new orphanage owner and live with Haruka, ending the game.

Yakuza 5: Fulfiller of Dreams

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

After the events of December 2012, Kiryu is brought to the hospital after being severely injured and found by Haruka. Faced with the prospect of going to prison for property damage, he decides to accept his fate rather than hiring a lawyer to avoid going to prison in order to clean his slate and try to wipe away his connection to the Tojo Clan so he can live peacefully with the children of Morning Glory. Half a year later, Kiryu is visited by Haruka to talk about the situation at the orphanage and tells him she will try to endure things as best she can. Due to good behavior, he is released early in December 2016 and returns to Morning Glory, where he learns that Haruka suddenly disappeared three years ago in order to keep the orphans safe from the paparazzi who were spying on her. Seeing the news article about her and lamenting that he did not notice Haruka's worries the last time they talked, Kiryu tells the orphans he is to blame for her disappearance. Kiryu leaves the next day for Kamurocho after bidding farewell to the orphans.

Reuniting with Date, Kiryu is soon confronted by the Saio Triad regularly and easily defeating them and saving a fellow Tojo Clan member, eventually learns that Akiyama is hiding in the sewers in order to avoid the Saio Triad and helps him defeat them. Kiryu gets a call from Date who tells him that the police had found Haruka, who is being hospitalized after an accident. Rushing to the hospital, he is shocked and outraged to learn that Haruka has given birth to a son named Haruto who she was protecting, especially when he learns that the identity of the father is unknown and they have no leads.

Kiryu, however, knows that something was fishy with Haruka's incident and decides to investigate the situation. He briefly visits the Tojo Clan HQ, where he meets Takumi Someya and the acting chairman Katsumi Sugai. At the hospital, he is furious to learn Nojiri from Child Protective Services intends to have Haruto sent to an orphanage as he has no other legal relatives and decides to take Haruto away with him, much to Akiyama's disagreement. Making short work of Akiyama, he takes Haruto to New Serena, where Date reveals to Kiryu that the police managed to recover Haruka's smartphone, and found a photograph that reveals she was in Hiroshima for the last three years.

Kiryu then heads out Onomichi with Haruto in hand to find his biological father. Quickly befriending Kiyomi Kasahara, he is allowed access to her local snack bar only to instantly get on the wrong foot with Tsuyoshi Nagumo, the captain of the Hirose Family. Not impressed with Nagumo's brute personality and willingness to challenge a civilian, he effortlessly defeats him and makes it back to the bar, where he is granted a room to stay in town for a while. He talks with Ino and is warned about the Yomei Alliance. Despite difficulties due to Haruto's incessant crying, he eventually is able to rest for the night. The next morning, Kiryu solves several public disturbances by easily defeating thugs and arrives at Kiyomi's bar after shrugging off Nagumo; she asks him to play baseball for Ino. Nagumo's aggression eventually leads to Kiryu deciding to finally let loose and Matsunaga and Yuta team up with him to try defeating Kiryu but he easily defeats them to where they pass out and is applauded by Ino for it. He eventually earns Nagumo's respect by utterly defeating members of the Masuzoe family for Nagumo and brought to the Hirose Family office, where he is introduced to the patriarch and Naoto Tagashira. He earns the respect of the others by helping save Matsunaga. The next day, he goes to the Hirose family office to ask about Haruka. Kiryu notices them react strangely when he shows them her picture and realizes they are keeping a secret from him. Kiryu heads to Ryunan Shrine with Kiyomi, where he tells her he will wait until they are ready to talk about Haruka, as he has taken a liking to them. He leaves Haruto with her and defeats Kanji Koshimizu to stop Matsunaga from getting into trouble. He then returns to his apartment, where Nagumo meets him and he learns that everyone knew of Haruka and her past but chose to keep the secret to themselves, but they don't know who Haruto's father is and directs him to Kiyomi, whom she worked for before she disappeared again. On the way to meet Kiyomi, he reminisces about Haruka. Before they can discuss Haruto's father, they are interrupted by Someya. When he leaves, Kiryu decides to end their conversation as Kiyomi had been shaken up by the reunion.

When Kiyomi is kidnapped, the Hirose Family and Kiryu raid the Tojo Clan's place of residence, where Kiryu clashes with Someya, disapproving of Someya having no tattoo on his back, as it is a hindrance in this day and age, as a tattoo should represent the person and be a symbol for others to follow, and quickly defeats him. He enters the room Kiyomi is in and meets Heizo Iwami and Tsuneo Iwami, and is taken on a boat to bear witness to an alliance between Someya and Koshimizu. Kiryu refuses, as doing so would be betraying the currently-arrested sixth chairman.

Kiryu and the Hirose members return to the office, where they discuss the failed plan and Kiyomi states her suspicion of Shu Tatsukawa being Haruto's father, as she overheard a phone call where he was talking about an abortion. Yuta and Nagumo choose to follow him to Kamurocho. The three arrive in Kamurocho and meet Yuya who them that Stardust was bought out by the Jingweon Mafia, and he has no info on Tatsukawa. Joon-gi Han enters and invites them to Stardust. Han asks to fight in the new ring exchange for information on Tatsukawa. Kiryu steps in to defeat Han after Yuta fought in his stead and was effortlessly beaten. Han shows respect after being defeated and gives his info on Tatsukawa: that he is in Senryo Avenue. When they arrive, they find Tatsukawa's rotting corpse. Kiryu, Yuta, and Nagumo meet Akiyama, who gives them masks and they sneak inside, eventually fighting the Saio Triad before Kiryu reaches and defeats Ed. Masuzoe arrives after Ed's defeat and reveals his loyalty to the Saio before being joined by the triad's leader, Big Lo. Lo orders his men to let them go and Kiryu is told to meet Lo alone in Shangri-La.

Back at Serena, Date reveals they have little information surrounding Tatsukawa and Yuta tells them he learned there is a secret in Onomichi that must be protected. Someya arrives, wanting to meet Lo, and they head to Shangri-La together. At the top, they meet Lo. Learning that Someya is responsible for Daigo's arrest, Kiryu furiously refuses to cooperate with him and no longer holding back, soundly defeats Someya, forcing him to escape. Lo states he has information on Tatsukawa, which is unneeded as he is not Haruto's father. Kiryu receives a call from Yuta who tells him Hirose has kidnapped Haruto.

They immediately return to Hiroshima, where Kiyomi fills them in on what happened. They do some searching and Kiryu learns that Hirose is at Ryunan Shrine. Kiryu, with the other Hirose Family members, head to the shrine, where Hirose reveals his involvement with Haruka's second disappearance as well as Haruto's father: Yuta Usami. Masuzoe walks in and reveals Yuta's heritage and the reasons for wanting Haruto aborted or dead. The Jingweon Mafia and Joon-gi Han arrive for Haruto. Kiryu defeats Han once more while the Hirose Family try to keep Haruto away from them. At the Hirose Family office, Nagumo arrives, informing them of Haruto's abduction by the Jingweon, but Yuta is reluctant to go. Nagumo's attempt at disciplining him is stopped by Kiryu, who punches Yuta through the door of the office and chews him out for his unwillingness to save his son.

At the docks, Yuta arrives, having changed his mind and begging to join them, and Kiryu accepts his apology. On the way, Hirose reveals how heihaizi were being smuggled into Onomichi and Matsunaga suspects Minoru Daidoji is involved with the secret of Onomichi. Kiryu and the other Hirose Family members fight through the Jingweon members. Kiryu defeats Han one last time who is killed by a hidden assassin after almost revealing the secret of Onomichi. Kiryu returns Haruto to Yuta and they all return to Onomichi.

Kiryu returns to his apartment, inviting Yuta along as he should be with his son. He states he wants to go to Kamurocho to settle things with Lo to put Haruto out of danger, and Kiryu tells him he was planning the same thing. The next day, they head to Kamurocho and meet with Date at Serena. Yuta sneaks out during their discussion. Learning of his intentions, Kiryu furiously rushes to Little Asia, where he swiftly dispatches all the Saio Triad members and confronts Yuta at the top, telling him he will not allow him to let Haruto grow without a father. With Kiryu being far more than a match for Yuta even while dramatically holding back, he quickly beats him and takes him with Big Lo to safety, who tells them Tsuneo had ordered Tatsukawa to take the child even though he recalled the order, and Hirose is pulling the strings behind the secret of Onomichi. Kiryu joins Lo on the roof and is handed a memory drive with the information on the secret on Onomichi before Lo leaves. Back downstairs, Yuta asks to join Kiryu's investigation at Onomichi, but Kiryu tells him he needs to be with Haruka. When Yuta insists, Date handcuffs him and takes him to the hospital.

Kiryu returns and convinces the Hirose members to help him investigate Hirose. They are led to a shipyard and split off to fight Yomei members, Kiryu and Tagashira arriving at an open space when Hirose confronts them. Tagashira heads deeper while Kiryu beats Hirose to incapacitation, eventually revealing the secret of Onomichi: the Yamato Mark II. Heizo arrives and explains that, while not operational, it is evidence of Daidoji's crimes and was used as leverage against him. While Kiryu is ready to defeat Hirose once more, Nagumo stops them from fighting again and Hirose is unable to kill his foster children and Heizo shoots him before departing. Kiryu watches coldly as Heizo leaves, realizing that his death is inevitable with the Yamato Mark II exposed and defeating him now would only make it easier for him, before he then watches sadly as Hirose reveals he took them in after killing their parents and states he hoped they would be the ones to kill him, shaken by Hirose's similarity to his own foster father Shintaro Kazama.

Hirose's death is being mourned when Kiryu learns from Someya that as he had expected, Heizo Iwami was doomed, but was surprised to learn that Iwami Tsuneo was responsible and that he and Sugai will now target him and Haruka. Realizing he absolutely must defeat Tsuneo and Sugai, Kiryu saves the Hirose Family and return to Kamurocho, reuniting with Haruka for the first time in years. He tells Haruka he thought he would lecture her for disappearing, but he is far too relieved to see her alive and well, and Haruka apologizes for her actions. He calls Someya afterward, having come to the firm decision to kill Sugai and Iwami, and learns that he should head to the Millennium Tower to face Tsuneo and Sugai. Kiryu tells Haruka he is taking Yuta, promising to bring him back safe, then expressing his pride in her and departing.

Kiryu heads to the Millennium Tower along with Akiyama and the Hirose Family. He reaches the top alone, facing Someya who has seemingly betrayed him and finding that Sugai and Tsuneo are communicating by TV screen as they had already fled. Even with a sword and Someya clearly motivated, he is still able to soundly outmatch and beat Someya to submission, only to learn that he turned because they had Kiyomi hostage. Tsuneo says he will spare her if Kiryu kills Someya. Unwilling to kill Someya, Someya stabs himself. Nagumo arrives in time to witness Someya's sacrifice being pointless, as Tsuneo has Koshimizu shoot Kiyomi. Someya bleeds out, entrusting his daughter to Kiryu and Nagumo, leaving Kiryu saddened to see Someya's sacrifice in vain.

They return to Serena and mourn Kiyomi before splitting. Kiryu joins Nagumo on the roof and they decide to head to where Tsuneo and Sugai are, alone. They return to Onomichi and reach the warehouse where their enemies are waiting. Kiryu defeats Koshimizu but is helpless as they reveal they had Haruka and Haruto taken hostage, but the remaining Hirose Family arrive in time to rescue them. Kiryu stands up and tells "Little baby Iwami" he is about to understand the fight he picked. Very swiftly, he pins down a badly beaten Iwami and prepares to crush his neck, but he orders Sugai to shoot the hostages. Kiryu punches him out cold and runs in front of Haruto, Haruka, and Yuta to take the bullets, protecting the three of them. Before Kiryu can kill Sugai, Sugai is defeated by Tagashira and he lays in Yuta's arms and tells him to protect his new family. Haruka begs him to not die, but he tells her with a smile to bring Yuta and Haruto happiness. Then, he passes out.

In a hospital, he wakes up with an unnamed politician by his side and Date looking in from outside the room. The politician introduces himself as someone mentored by Daidoji and tells him of the uproar the Yamato Mark II's reveal has caused. He attempts to bribe Kiryu into silence, but Kiryu refuses. He leverages his position to make the politician accept his conditions: free Daigo from prison and forge his death certificate. Date barges in, attempting to dissuade him from this course of action as he will never see his loved ones again, but Kiryu, having realized solemnly that as much as a good life with his family is his wish, it is ultimately impossible as his reputation and power means he will keep attracting danger to them and it's better for him to just spend the rest of his life in hiding while helping people, affirms his decision. Near the end of 2016, Kiryu is officially declared dead.

In early 2017, Haruka has fully recovered and moved back to Okinawa with Yuta and Haruto, and Daigo is freed from prison, Kiryu having written him a letter to apologize for failing him as his father figure and telling him not to go to war with the Yomei Alliance. Daigo follows his wishes and approaches the Yomei with a pact of alliance. At Morning Glory Orphanage, Kiryu takes one last look at everything he built and quietly bids his loved ones a forever farewell before walking off to parts unknown.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

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Project X Zone 2

Kazuma Kiryu appears in Project X Zone 2, paired with ex-Tojo clan member Goro Majima.

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A former member of the Tojo Clan, a criminal organization based in Kamurocho, Tokyo. He has a tattoo of a dragon on his back and his been called the "Dragon of Dojima".

Although nominally he's a "tough guy", his strong sense of duty leads some to judge him as an easy mark. Still, his rugged masculinity and fighting strength have also won him many fans, and he is one of the most charismatic residents of Kamurocho.

An orphan, Kazuma was raised in the Sunshine Orphange. It was there he started down the criminal path. After taking the rap for a murder perpetrated by his childhood friend Akira Nishikiyama, Kazuma spent 10 years in prison. He was released only to find the Tojo Clan in chaos. After a chance meeting with Haruka, the "10 Billion Yen Girl", he too was pulled into the conflict.

Once the crisis was resolved, Kazuma found himself with the title of Chairman of the Tojo Clan, but he immediately relinquished the position and left to establish the Sunshine Orphanage in Okinawa, where he now raises a group of orphans.

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