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Pigs and Battleships (1961)
"Buta to gunkan" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Comedy, Crime  |  13 September 1963 (USA)
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A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization which is tearing itself apart.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Kinta
Jitsuko Yoshimura ...
Haruko
Masao Mishima ...
Himori
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Slasher Tetsuji
Shirô Ôsaka ...
Hoshino
Takeshi Katô ...
Ohachi
Shôichi Ozawa ...
Gunji, Gangster in check shirt
Yôko Minamida ...
Katsuyo
Hideo Sato ...
Kikuo
Eijirô Tôno ...
Kan'ichi
Akira Yamauchi ...
Sakiyama
Sanae Nakahara ...
Hiromi
Kin Sugai ...
Haruko's mother
Bumon Kahara ...
Harukoma
Tomio Aoki ...
Kyuro
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A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization which is tearing itself apart.

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An angry, biting film
3 July 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Teen hoodlum Kinta is excited to be given the plum job of supervising the pig pen at the local US base, for which he'll be responsible diverting the food scraps to the black market, and scoring a good income for his yakuza gang. His girlfriend Hiroku earnestly hopes he'll leave the yakuza and get an honest job, but neither is she a paragon of virtue - she is drawn into prostitution and petty thievery. The story mostly follows their troubled relationship, against a backdrop steeped in corruption, which results from the clash of US Forces occupation against the poverty and aspirations of the people of post-war Japan.

A scathing, even cynical critique. There is no tenderness at all here. Even the young lovers embracing is shown more as a desperate clinging than emotional attachment. And corruption is everywhere - there are no good guys. Confronting stuff, well-photographed, memorable as a vivid nightmare.


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