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In Tokyo, a ruthless gang starts holding up U.S. ammunition trains, prepared to kill any of their own members wounded during a robbery. Down-at-heal ex-serviceman Eddie Spannier arrives from the States, apparently at the invitation of one such unfortunate. But Eddie isn't quite what he seems as he manages to make contact with Sandy Dawson, who is obviously running some sort of big operation, and his plan is helped by acquaintance with Mariko, the secret Japanese wife of the dead American. Written by
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According to Robert Stack, Fuller told an actor to go down "really low" when he passed a 50 gallon drum. Without informing the actor, the director had a sharpshooter on a parallel who shot over the guy's head and into the drum. After it blew up, the actor said, "Jesus Christ! Those were real bullets!" Fuller laconically replied, "Don't worry. He knew what he was doing." See more »
When Eddie Spanier (Robert Stack) is first knocked unconscious by members of Sandy Dawson's gang, Dawson tells one of his underlings to awaken him by tossing a bucket of ice on him. As he lies on the floor, however, Eddie flinches as soon as Dawson gives this command, before any ice actually hits Eddie's face. See more »
But ever since you saved this guy's neck, you've been acting funny, well I know what you're trying to do, but you're not going to get away with it, cuz I won't let you.
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Here's an oddity for a film noir: color and made in Japan and (at least with the DVD) stereo sound. The fact that's color would disqualify it from some purist's list of film noirs, but that's another subject matter.
Without Robert Ryan, this would have been a yawner of film noir, not one of the better ones, especially for director Sam Fuller, who has done a lot better than this film. At least Ryan keeps it from being a complete disaster. He almost always played a villain on film and he's that here, too, but in here he is unusually low key. That's what made him to interesting to me. I don't think he raised his voice, just talked as calmly as can be but inside was a ruthless SOB.
In this story, Ryan was head of a mob operating in Japan about 10 years after the end of World War II. Robert Stack plays a U.S. government agent sent to Japan to infiltrate Ryan's mob and Shirley Yamaguchi is his love interest. Both of them are "fair" in here, nothing memorable, which pretty much describes the movie.
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