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7 October 1966 (USA) See more »
After his own gang sets him up to kill a rival mobster, a hit man is forced to flee with his younger brother. | Add synopsis »
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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
Yôko 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)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »


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A neglected yakuza classic from Seijun Suzuki, 19 July 2003
Author: amerh from Washington, DC

Part of the cycle of genre and Yakuza movies that Suzuki directed for Nikkatsu in the early to mid sixties, this film is one of his most memorable. It may not be as well known here as other films in this cycle, probably due to the period setting (1925), and the fact that the middle section has no fighting or action, as it focuses on the fugitive yakuza hiding in the crew of a tunnel construction project.

Suzuki's design sense shines here, with bridges, trains, boats serving as a modern architectural counterpoint to the beautiful Japanese open vistas. It is interesting how similar the themes of this movie are to recent genre films such as Bangkok Dangerous, and how different the execution. The action scenes are short bursts of stylized fighting mixing gunplay with samurai action. The story is more engaging than Suzuki's other Yakusa films. I got the feeling that the director was trying his best to explode the strict confines of the genre, while delivering a commercial product. The buildup to the extraordinary final confrontation, a choreographed samurai style fight inside and outside a traditional Japanese house, is very satisfying. Also interesting are the weird touches like the red boots two of the movie's characters wear.

In my humble opinion, another classic from Mr Suzuki.

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