I am not surprised by this pure Yakuza film programmer. Koji Tsuruta plays here an ex con who, of course, gets back to business with his former associates just after being discharged. No real surprise but that's good enough for me, especially when I saw this in a superb copy. And you also have a terrific jazzy score that follows you all long the movie. Tsuruta is as awesome as ever, as the disillusioned gangster involved in drug traffic. And, as usual in film noirs, even from Japan, you can enjoy some cabaret atmosphere sequences. That's the perfect example of what the US film noir influence may have on the other countries. This feature actually doesn't focus on Yakuzas but instead on some ordinary folks who use heroin. Don't miss the exciting terrific car chase at the end.
A pure gem.
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