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27 January 1960 (Japan) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Michitaro Mizushima ... Daijiro Tamon
Mari Shiraki ... Tsunako Ando
Misako Watanabe ... Yuko Hamashima
Shinsuke Ashida ... Jube Hamashima
Shôichi Ozawa ... Goro Kashima
Ryôhei Uchida ... Kuji
Tôru Abe ... Akahori
Tatsuo Matsushita ... Captain Takamura
Saburô Hiromatsu ... Ota
Reiko Arai ... Osen
Toyo Fukuda ... Housewife
Kotoe Hatsui ... Merchant's wife
Akira Hisamatsu ... Masaki

Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
 
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Shin'ichi Sekizawa 
Kazuo Shimada  story

Produced by
Ryoji Mogi .... planner
 
Original Music by
Koichi Kawabe 
 
Cinematography by
Shigeyoshi Mine 
 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
 
Production Design by
Takeharu Sakaguchi  (as Bugen Sakaguchi)
 
Sound Department
Saburo Takahashi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shinnosuke Ando .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Sono gosôsha wo nerae: 'Jûsangô taihisen' yori" - Japan (original title)
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79 min
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2.45 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Take Aim at the Convoluted Plot, 26 April 2010
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

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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