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Take Aim at the Police Van (1960)

'Jûsangô taihisen' yori: Sono gosôsha o nerae (original title)
A prison truck is assaulted and the two convicts inside are murdered. The prison guard on duty gets suspended for negligence and takes it upon himself to track down the killers.

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Michitarô Mizushima ...
Daijirô Tamon
Mari Shiraki ...
Tsunako Andô
Misako Watanabe ...
Yûko Hamajima
Shinsuke Ashida ...
Jûbei Hamajima
Shôichi Ozawa ...
Gorô Kashima
Ryôhei Uchida ...
Kuji
Tôru Abe ...
Akabori
Tatsuo Matsushita ...
Captain Takamura
Saburô Hiromatsu ...
Ôta
Reiko Arai ...
Toyo Fukuda ...
Housewife
Kotoe Hatsui ...
Concierge of Gorô's apartment
Hiroshi Chô ...
Yuhata
Tomio Aoki ...
Clerk of Inn
Norikatsu Hanamura ...
Yamaoka
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A sharpshooter kills two prisoners in a police van at night. The guard on the van is suspended for six months; he's Tamon, an upright, modest man. He begins his own investigation into the murders. Who were the victims, who are their relatives and girlfriends, who else was on the van that night? As he doggedly investigates, others die, coincidences occur, and several leads take him to the Hamaju Agency, which may be supplying call girls. Its owner is in jail, his daughter, the enigmatic Yuko, keeps turning up where Tamon goes. Tamon believes he can awaken good in people, but has he met his match? Will he solve the murders or be the next victim? And who is Akiba? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 January 1960 (Japan)  »

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Take Aim at the Convoluted Plot
26 April 2010 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Suzuki would go on to do wonders with abstraction and suggestive atmosphere in his later films but this is mostly a compact potboiler that doesn't have any time to spare. In fact there's so much plot here we need to get inside the protagonist's head to hear him try and clear some of it out. Voice-over narration tells us that "Fuychita had a sister, she's my next lead" and we're immediately transported to a tavern where that sister may be spotted. The movie jumps like that from place to place and character to character, gathering very little as it does but a growing number of names and intertwining relationships which are only as meaningful as the next person or clue they lead us to, and then at some point a sharpshooter is shooting at the protagonist and an underground prostitution ring is revealed. This is the kind of movie where people are presumed dead only to reappear later, where the protagonist goes back to his place to find a key character waiting for him in his living room with no explanations given or asked, and where the bad guys stage an elaborate death for the protagonist and his girl to escape when two bullets would have sufficed. It's not film noir by the American standard of the term and it's not even film noir compared to some of the stuff Teruo Ishii was doing at the time in Shintoho studios. It's a comic-book murder mystery with onedimensional characters and convoluted plot (one to make up for the other), a couple of cool scenes, and a swinging jazzy score. Like a dimestore viper novel, it keeps you turning the page but you know you're reading something mostly cheap and disposable by the end of it.


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