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The Inheritance (1962)

Karami-ai (original title)
Two-hundred million yen is up for grabs in a dying businessman's will. The businessman intends to will it to his 3 illegitimate children, but his associates scheme to take advantage of the situation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiko Kishi ...
Yasuko
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Kikuo Furukawa
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Senzô
Seiji Miyaguchi
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Sadao
Mari Yoshimura ...
Mariko aka Mari
Minoru Chiaki ...
Junichi Fujii
Misako Watanabe ...
Rie, Senzô's wife
Osamu Takizawa
Kôji Mitsui
Tôru Abe ...
Detective
Jun Hamamura
Kinzô Shin
Noriko Sengoku
Kin Sugai
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On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown to his family and colleagues. A bevy of lawyers and associates then begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, enlisting the aid of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man's secretary (Keiko Kishi), in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed. Written by Anonymous

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24 February 1964 (USA)  »

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In the title credits, the names "Yukio Ninagawa" and "Shinya Mizushima" are listed two times. See more »

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Kikuo Furukawa: I've got a favor to ask. It's embarrassing. But a coffin is waiting for me, so I can say this plainly. I don't have any legally recognized children. But I do have children. To top it off, I've got three of them. Some may be dead. But there's no way all three are dead. So I want you to find my children. I don't mean to legally acknowledge them and their heirship right away. Some may have grown up to be scoundrels. But if any of them are suitable, I'd like to add them as heirs.
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Noir suspense!
28 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

The suspense is for finding the answer to "Who's going to grab the inheritance?" Who will succeed? And how? As in a good Agatha Christie novel, we witness a parade of characters that, yes, want the money. And money... changes everything. Intrigue and double-crossing plans, jazz music, femme fatales that start to appear everywhere and a spectacular visual film in high contrast low-key lighting (pure chiaroscuro) within unbalanced frames that take the most of a full 2.40:1 aspect ratio.

Kobayashi is one of the finest directors, perhaps very underrated. A few months later he would shoot "Harakiri". He knew his craft. This is a solid film to enjoy.


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