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Akira Kobayashi
Tamio Kawaji
Chieko Matsubara
Naoko Kubo
Kaku Takashina
Shôki Fukae ...
Sakurada
Zenpei Saga
Keisuke Noro ...
Boroichi
Eimei Esumi ...
Gorosuke
Isao Tamakawa
Shirô Yanase
Shuntarô Yamamura
Chieko Misaki ...
Yachiyo
Hiroshi Kôno
Hiroshi Chô
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Frenetic brilliance
6 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I must back up the previous reviewer. This is easily one of Suzuki's best pictures and deserves a much wider audience. At the moment I am writing this it has only 1 IMDb comment - there should be essays and theses on this piece. This is a B movie but one where Suzuki enjoyed a freer rein than in others I have seen. He was also blessed with a charismatic lead and supporting characters full of the deviance he loved to explore.

The film itself is a frenetic exploration of modernity and corruption and the collapse of codes of honour in the face of commerce. Add to this gratuitous action and a love story told with a kind of melodramatic fury that stays with me today, despite the fact that it only takes up about 10 minutes of the films narrative.

This film is frantic at only 90 minutes long. Suzuki threw the pot the kettle the sink and even the camera at this film. And he caught it. I don't know what that means. I don't know what this film means. But if you like Suzuki watch it and piece it together and come to appreciate just how grand a scope a cinematic master can encompass in a 90 minute action epic.


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