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Release Date:
25 March 1958 (Japan) See more »
Released from prison, a gangster (Michitaro Mizushima) retrieves diamonds sought by fellow yakuza. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Michitarô Mizushima ... Miyamoto
Mari Shiraki ... Akiko Mihara
Shinsuke Ashida ... Ôyane
Tôru Abe ... Mihara
Hideaki Nitani ... Detective Watanabe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Setsuko Amamiya ... Keiko
Tomio Aoki
Shôki Fukae ... Fujita
Ayako Fukuda ... School Girl A
Akinori Hanamura ... Detective (as Kazuo Mihara)
Kyôko Horikawa ... School Girl B
Ryûsei Itô (as Ryusei Ito)
Bumon Kahara ... Hatano
Hiroshi Katô
Ichirô Kijima
Hiroshi Kondô ... Atita
Jun Miyazaki ... Yoneyama
Kyôichi Mizuki
Reiko Sakuma
Eiko Takada ... The Nurse
Seijirô Takano ... Policeman
Kaku Takashina ... Ôsawa
Chigusa Takayama ... Mineko
Keisuke Yukioka ... Sakai
Fumisuke Ômi

Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susumu Saji  writer

Produced by
Takashi Nishihara .... producer
Original Music by
Naozumi Yamamoto 
Cinematography by
Wataro Nakao 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
Production Design by
Takeharu Sakaguchi 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazunari Takeda .... assistant director
Sound Department
Saburô Takahashi .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Masahiro Takashima .... gaffer
Other crew
Rosemary Dean .... english subtitles
Tetsuro Shimauchi .... english subtitles

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Also Known As:
"Underworld Beauty" - USA (literal English title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A classic yakuza flick, 3 April 2005
Author: Atavisten from Tellus

or so they say. I'm not very into gangster style movies of this variety, but this is a stylistic and imaginative entry. The feel of it is not far at all from Hollywood classics of the forties and this is what let me down the most. It still has plenty of charms and individuality of its own though. Much of it in the perverse details in which also black comedy is found.

Set in postwar Tokyo, then very much a city of shacks, is interesting to see and compare to todays megapolis. Well shot images in black and white really lets you get the feel of the city.

Most interesting character is Mari Shiraki's. She is strong and tough. Very well acted. Her boyfriend is well portrayed as a greedy artist. I must agree, though, that the hero Mizushima is a rather dull character.

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