The son of a prominent member of a fishing community returns home after a stint with the yakuza to find his father has died under orders of a local gang leader. He sets out to avenge his ... See full summary »
Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's... See full summary »
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.
Young Tokiko works at a geisha house as a maid, waiting for her maiko practice (apprenticeship of geisha) to begin. The movie depicts detailed lifestyle of geishas at that time, showing their rules, loves, beauties and humanities.
Actually it is an action thriller and certainly not a true film noir, as you may expect from this Japanese director; at least if you consider his other features. OK, you have here gangsters, Yakuzas, but this remains light, with gunfights and explosions. But let me say that I watched it without dubbing nor subtitles, so please don't be too harsh with my comment, I will do my best. It seems to be the story of a young man who, after been the witness of a murder whilst he was skiing, becomes the target of mobsters. He runs away with his girl friend and the help of a man played by Ken Takakura. As I said just before, this is action packed and sometimes I had the feeling to see an Italian crime film concerning the directing, zooms and camera angles. I would have never guessed this one to be a Kinji Fukasaku movie, although this tremendous film maker was rather eclectic in his topic choices. He made plenty of Yakuzas movies, yes, but not only. Not bad, no, but certainly not the best Fukasaku movie ever. It also looks like a James Bond feature, especially the final sequence aboard a Cessna plane.
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