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Endless Desire (1958)

Hateshinaki yokubô (original title)
On August 15, ten years after the Pacific War, five people meet at a station. Their purpose is to dig out a cache of morphine -- now worth sixty million yen -- that HASHIMOTO, an army ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Reiji Akitsu
Shinsuke Ashida
Takeshi Katô
Nobuo Kawakami
Chieko Misaki
Hiroyuki Nagato
Sanae Nakahara
Kô Nishimura
Shôichi Ozawa
Ichirô Sugai
Kaku Takashina
Shuntarô Tamamura
Taiji Tonoyama
Makiko Tsunoda
Misako Watanabe


On August 15, ten years after the Pacific War, five people meet at a station. Their purpose is to dig out a cache of morphine -- now worth sixty million yen -- that HASHIMOTO, an army medical officer, buried in an air-raid shelter in this city on the day the war ended. The five are: SHIMA, a beautiful woman who claims that she is HASHIMOTO's younger sister and that her brother is dead; NAKADA, a pharmacist; ONUMA, who owns a Chinese restaurant; YAMAMOTO, a thug; and SAWAI, who says he is a junior high school teacher. But HASHIMOTO originally had only three accomplices -- and hid the morphine late at night, so they did not know each other's identities. There is one person too many in the group, but they do not know whom. A butcher shop now stands over the old air-raid shelter. The five decide to rent a vacant house across the street, and dig a tunnel to the butcher shop. They set up a phony real estate office in the house, which the landlord has rented to them under the condition that ... Written by Nikkatsu

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18 November 1958 (Japan)  »

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Bezkresne pozadanie  »

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14 August 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Crackerjack black comedy showcasing early development of Imamura's style. A group of would-be criminals team up with an ambitious woman to tunnel under a business and rob it. Their descent into the (literal) underworld is played out with a noirish style that pokes fun at the genre while using it in incredibly effective ways, and the editing rhythms that develop are uncommon for the late 50s and have more in common with early-60s Suzuki. Misako Watanabe (who isn't on the IMDb cast list) is the standout in a really dynamic performance as the vicious femme fatale. Still, this is minor Imamura, will be of great interest to his fans but is still very effective as a comedy-thriller and will appeal to casual viewers also.

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