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Kuro tokage (1968)

 |  Comedy, Crime, Fantasy  |  July 1969 (USA)
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Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Akihiro Miwa ...
Black Lizard (as Akihiro Maruyama)
Isao Kimura ...
Detective Akechi
Kikko Matsuoka ...
Sanaye
Junya Usami ...
Shobei Iwasa
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Junichi Amamiya
Kô Nishimura ...
Private Detective Keiji Matoba
Toshiko Kobayashi ...
Hina
Sônosuke Oda ...
Harada
Kinji Hattori ...
Toyama
Kyôichi Satô ...
Ôkawa
Jun Kato ...
Sakai
Ryuji Funakoshi ...
Kozu
Mitsuko Takara ...
Show Dancer
Tetsurô Tanba
Yukio Mishima ...
Human statue
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Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's expensive "Star of Egypt" diamond. To thwart the planned kidnapping, the jeweler hires Japan's number one detective, the brilliant Akechi. This sets off a dual between Black Lizard and Akechi as each tries to outwit the other. In the process, the two adversaries develop a mutual respect and affection for each other. Despite Akechi's efforts, Black Lizard and her crew are able to kidnap Sanaye and gain possession of the "Star of Egypt". Black Lizard takes Sanaye to her secret lair on a remote island which is populated by an eerie collection of naked human dolls. There Black Lizard plans to preserve Sanaye's beauty forever by turning her into one of her dolls. As Sanaye's doom quickly approaches, it is up to Akechi to save the day. Written by <frye@siservices.net>

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Three-part Invention No.2 in C Minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Isao Tomita
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Entertaining...
22 May 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Black Lizard entertained me, but I can't help but feel that there could have been more. The opening scene in the go-go club had me hooked right away, but as the film progressed, it seemed to lose its edge. The subtle humor was still there, but it became too straight-laced for its own good. The plot is tedious past the halfway point, and the wildness subsides, save for the 'human statues' that Black Lizard reveals at the end. For a film that was _screaming_ for beautiful women to be on display, I think it was a misstep to cast a transvestite in the lead role. Funny for a few minutes, but I tired of the novelty after a while and wished that a femme fatale had been cast in the part. I found a similar film from the same time period, Black Tight Killers, to be more entertaining and more fulfilling.


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