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Taiyô no hakaba (1960)

In Osaka's slum, capricious folks without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the trading of ID cards and blood.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Shin, leader of gang
Kayoko Honoo ...
Hanako
Isao Sasaki ...
New gang member Takeshi
Fumio Watanabe ...
Yosehei
...
Batasuke, peddlar
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Chika, Batasuke's wife
Junzaburô Ban ...
Yotsematsu, Hanako's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun Hamamura ...
Goro Murata
...
Peddlar
Kyu Ito ...
The 'horse'
...
Gang member
Asao Koike ...
Black Glasses
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Clochard
Ichirô Nagai ...
The 'lance'
Kôji Nakahara ...
Gang member (as Koji Nakahara)
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In Osaka's slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu and Takeshi, friends since boyhood, reluctantly join Shin's gang. Shin's an upstart and moves his gang often to avoid the local kingpin. Hanoko is a young woman with ambitions: first she's in the blood business with her father, then she joins forces with Shin. She soon breaks off that partnership, even though she's taken the sensitive Takeshi under her wing. Double crosses multiply. Those with the closest bonds become each others' murderers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Best Oshima film in my opinion
16 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie manages to undo every romantic notion of poverty and life in the slums anyone might have. The characters here are not noble, or unfortunate and they are not victims. They are simply all cruel animals clawing on each other to get to the top of the jar. Every character's face is continually covered with sweat and if they are not afflicted with some deformity you can usually see the bones under their meager flesh. There is little distinction of charcters in the film. It is like an entymologists film of an ant-colony. Oshima's best film in my opinion, it doesn't suffer from the misogyny of "Cruel Story of Youth." or the try hard porno universe of "In the Realm of the Senses". These things are combined with a brutal realism that makes this film the most surreal and shocking, but without trying to be.


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