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Man with the Funky Hat (1961)

Funky Hat no kaidanji (original title)
Ichiro, the reckless son of a private detective, takes on the case of a minor league baseball pitcher who disappears right before signing a contract into the major leagues. Meanwhile, the body of an orthopedist is discovered in the river.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Torao Tanabe (screenplay), Yûichi Ikeda (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Ichiro (as Sonny Chiba)
Hitomi Nakahara Hitomi Nakahara ... Midori
Shigeko Arai Shigeko Arai ... Rume
Shirô Okamoto Shirô Okamoto ... Shigeru kondo
Machiko Yashiro Machiko Yashiro ... Tomoko sakurai
Susumu Namishima Susumu Namishima ... Shiraishi
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Sakaino
Ken Sudô Ken Sudô ... Ohshita
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Kogure
Tokue Hanazawa Tokue Hanazawa ... Kiyosuke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rikiya Iwaki Rikiya Iwaki ... Takada
Takashi Kanda Takashi Kanda
Akira Katayama Akira Katayama
Ichirô Kojima Ichirô Kojima
Masato Kusakabe Masato Kusakabe
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Ichiro, the reckless son of a private detective, takes on the case of a minor league baseball pitcher who disappears right before signing a contract into the major leagues. Meanwhile, the body of an orthopedist is discovered in the river.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 August 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Vigilante in the Funky Hat See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono
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A rare and fun Kinji Fukasaku's item.
31 January 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Rare and short, folks, only 53 minutes, and not a really entire crime film, as we could expect from him at this time. I admit Fukasaku really began the crime topics during the seventies, not the sixties, not yet. It is a little mystery and comedy drama, shot in black and white, in LBX frame, handled with a pretty good jazzy music score and an overall noir atmosphere with Tokyo by night. It speaks of two friends more or less involved with some gangsters who abducted a scientist. Some fun and light sequences, as often in Japanese films, and a rather good directing. Don't expect a dark and bleak tale. You won't be surprised if I say that's not the best Fukasaku ever even with, I repeat, a good direction with also good settings, especially near the end, in the islands.


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