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7 October 1966 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Hideki Takahashi ... Murakami Tetsutaro
Masako Izumi ... Kinoshita Midori
Akira Yamauchi ... Kinoshita Yuzo
Yûji Odaka ... Ezaki Osamu
Kotobuki Hananomoto ... Murakami Kenji
Hiroko Itô ... Kinoshita Masayo
Kayo Matsuo ... Oyuki
Hôsei Komatsu ... Yamano Senkichi
Kaku Takashina ... Tsuneyoshi
Michio Hino ... Tokuhira
Keisuke Noro ... Kiyogimi
Hiroshi Kôno ... Kurosawa
Shirô Yanase ... Asakichi
Hiroshi Chô ... Masayoshi
Akira Hisamatsu ... Patrolman Oikawa (as Kosuke Hisamatsu)
Hiroshi Chiyoda ... Zensuke
Zenpei Saga ... Totsuka Iwamatsu
Iwae Arai
Wataru Kobayashi ... Masakichi
Masaaki Honme ... Tsurumatsu
Akira Takahashi ... Anzo
Shirô Tonami ... Tomeji
Yoshihiro Yamaguchi ... Sailor
Ryû Ikezawa ... Head Longshoreman
Hiroshi Takao ... Sutekichi
Hiroshi Midorikawa
Eiko Takada ... Old Woman
Midori Mori ... Waitress
Yôko Yokota ... Otose
Yoko Naka ... Waitress
Yoshigi Ôba
Tessen Nakahira ... Gonji
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Akamatsu Jugoro

Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kei Hattori 
Ai Kennedy  translation
Kinya Naoi 

Produced by
Masayuki Takagi .... producer
Original Music by
Masayoshi Ikeda 
Cinematography by
Kuratarô Takamura 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
Production Design by
Takeo Kimura 
Production Management
Nobutaka Sugiyama .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Kuzû .... assistant director
Sound Department
Takinosuke Yagi .... sound
Masatoshi Takase .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Moriyasu Tsuchida .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Kô Funyû .... colorist
Other crew
Rosemary Dean .... english subtitles
Tetsuro Shimauchi .... english subtitles
Yutaka Ônaka .... tattoos

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Also Known As:
"Irezumi ichidai" - Japan (original title)
"White Tiger Tattoo" - USA
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87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Slowly builds up to an amazing finale, 28 August 2005
Author: Wibo81 ( from Belgium

As a fan of Suzuki's films I find this lesser known one to be his best. The story is told very traditionally and has some interesting facets. There is the unexpected love story and an uncommon setting. The love story in particular and the way it evolves is handled with the greatest of care and without any of the madness that trademarks some of the author's films. So Suzuki slowly builds an intrigue which although quite original is perfectly understandable. And then he boils down all of what he is notorious for, expressive colors, exquisite angles,... in the final act which you will want to watch over and over again. If you are scared away by the slow pacing of some Japanese film this one will reward you with this final act which I found to be one of the most memorable ever.

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