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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
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The worst Fukasaku movie I've seen
29 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just don't get the positive comments this film gets. I've seen about a dozen Fukasaku Kinji movies, and this by far is the worst in the bunch. I was really looking forward to watching this, as I really enjoyed other films from this director, but this one sadly is a big disappointment.

The plot is so incredibly predictable it's almost laughable, and I have no sympathy whatsoever for the main characters, especially the "black lizard" which is one of the worst villains I've seen in a film so far. She's such a cliché she could easily star in an Austin Powers film! Also, the dialogs between the main detective and the "evil-rich-megalomaniac" Black Lizard, which some people seem to appreciate (judging from other reviews on this site), to me sounds empty and lifeless. To sum up: no action, incredibly predictable story, boring dialog, and not enough 60s kitsch to make us forget how bad the whole thing is...

If you want to see great Fukasaku films, watch the Yakuza Papers instead!


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