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A Fugitive from the Past (1965)

Kiga kaikyô (original title)
Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

Director:

Tomu Uchida

Writers:

Naoyuki Suzuki (screenplay), Tsutomu Minakami (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Takichi Inukai aka Kyôichirô Tarumi
Sachiko Hidari ... Yae Sugito
Kôji Mitsui ... Motojima
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Yae's Father
Sadako Sawamura ... Motojima's Wife
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Police Chief
Akiko Kazami Akiko Kazami ... Toshiko
Seiichirô Kameishi Seiichirô Kameishi
Shûsuke Sone Shûsuke Sone ... Owner of Asahi Spa
Mitsuo Andô Mitsuo Andô ... Chûkichi Kijima
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto ... Priest
Shôken Sawa Shôken Sawa
Tadashi Suganuma Tadashi Suganuma ... Detective Satô
Sachi Shindô Sachi Shindô ... Yumisaka's Wife
Yuriko Anjô Yuriko Anjô ... Tokiko Katsuragi
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Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fugitive from the Past See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company, Toei Tokyo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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My #1 Japanese film of all time
9 August 2003 | by calvinlynnSee all my reviews

Perhaps "Kiga kaikyo" (Tomu Uchida, 1963), also known as "Fugitive from the Past" or "Strait of Hunger" (the original japanese title), is the most underrated japanese film in western audience. It's incredible to find that it has only 5 votes on IMDb (including mine).

"Strait of Hunger" is a dark, twisted crime drama, yet remains subtle emotion and social criticism themes inside. The characters are complex and intriguing, and the view angle of 1950s Japanese society is wide and enlightened with an epical story telling. The black and white cinematography is astoundingly fabulous, especially the billowy ocean under the hurricane, which gives the audience indelible impression. Tomu Uchida is one of the greatest film makers (if not the greatest) living in Japan and this film is a timeless masterpiece. It is my all time #1 japanese film and I strongly recommend this to everyone.


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