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Aru koroshi ya (1967)

A former soldier, reduced to working at a restaurant post-war, becomes a contract killer for the yakuza gangs he's in contact with.

Director:

Kazuo Mori

Writers:

Shinji Fujiwara (novel), Yoshihiro Ishimatsu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raizô Ichikawa
Mikio Narita
Yumiko Nogawa Yumiko Nogawa
Asao Koike Asao Koike
Yukiko Kobayashi Yukiko Kobayashi
Mayumi Nagisa Mayumi Nagisa
Jôtarô Senba Jôtarô Senba
Saburô Date
Tatsuo Matsushita Tatsuo Matsushita
Yûji Hamada Yûji Hamada
Chikara Hashimoto Chikara Hashimoto
Yukio Horikita Yukio Horikita
Yûsaku Terashima
Hajime Koshikawa Hajime Koshikawa
Sôji Shibata Sôji Shibata
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Storyline

The main character is a man from the WW2 generation who has lost his dreams in post-war Japan. While working as a cook in a restaurant he also earns some money as a contract killer. He kills a Yakuza-boss using a tatami-needle and hides in a shabby apartment in a suburb. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Crime

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 April 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hitman See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Action screenwriters Yasuzo Masumura and Yoshihiro Ishimatsu brought together for the first time. See more »

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Followed by Aru koroshiya no kagi (1967) See more »

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stylish, hip and very cool
4 February 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Marvellous, stylish, hip and very cool mid sixties colour movie from the celebrated Japanese 'B' movie director, Kazuo Mori. Starring the impressive Raizo Ichikawa, who reprised the role in the subsequent 'A Certain Killer's Key' and is astonishingly good in this not putting a foot wrong, unless you count the slightly silly fist fight at the end, which is probably intended to be amusing. the other major asset in this sparkling film is the lovely, Yumiko Nogawa who was still working until very recently and whose first film was that of Seijun Suzuki, 'Gate Of Flesh'. The film itself tells of a highly accomplished hit man a few bad yakuza and some even more bad ones and a guy and a girl who tag along with our hero. Great stuff with more than a nod to the French new wave.


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