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Tattooed Life (1965)

Irezumi ichidai (original title)
After his own gang sets him up to kill a rival mobster, a hit man is forced to flee with his younger brother.

Director:

Seijun Suzuki

Writers:

Kei Hattori, Ai Kennedy (translation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideki Takahashi Hideki Takahashi ... Murakami Tetsutaro
Masako Izumi Masako Izumi ... Kinoshita Midori
Hiroko Itô Hiroko Itô ... Kinoshita Masayo
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Oyuki
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... Yamano Senkichi
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Akamatsu Jugoro
Kaku Takashina Kaku Takashina ... Tsuneyoshi
Kotobuki Hananomoto Kotobuki Hananomoto ... Murakami Kenji
Akira Yamauchi Akira Yamauchi ... Kinoshita Yuzo
Yuji Kodaka Yuji Kodaka ... Ezaki Osamu
Hiroshi Chiyoda Hiroshi Chiyoda ... Zensuke
Yôko Yokota Yôko Yokota ... Otose
Tessen Nakahira Tessen Nakahira ... Gonji
Zenpei Saga Zenpei Saga ... Totsuka Iwamatsu
Michio Hino Michio Hino ... Tokuhira
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After his own gang sets him up to kill a rival mobster, a hit man is forced to flee with his younger brother.

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Slowly builds up to an amazing finale
28 August 2005 | by Wibo81See all my reviews

As a fan of Suzuki's films I find this lesser known one to be his best. The story is told very traditionally and has some interesting facets. There is the unexpected love story and an uncommon setting. The love story in particular and the way it evolves is handled with the greatest of care and without any of the madness that trademarks some of the author's films. So Suzuki slowly builds an intrigue which although quite original is perfectly understandable. And then he boils down all of what he is notorious for, expressive colors, exquisite angles,... in the final act which you will want to watch over and over again. If you are scared away by the slow pacing of some Japanese film this one will reward you with this final act which I found to be one of the most memorable ever.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tattooed Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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