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Blackmail Is My Business (1968)
"Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei" (original title)

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Hiroki Matsukata ...
Muraki
Tomomi Satô ...
Otoki
Shinjirô Ehara
Yûsuke Kawazu
Bin Amatsu
Ryôhei Uchida
Hideo Murota ...
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Akira Jo ...
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Eriko Sono
Kenjirô Ishiyama
Torahiko Hamada
Yôko Mihara
Keiji Takamiya
Shirô Amakusa
Sakae Umezu
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It's different but not especially distinguished.
9 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I noticed that IMDb lists this as a crime film AND a comedy. Well, there's nothing funny about the film--it's not at all a comedy. Instead, the film is about four low-lifes who make a career out of blackmailing people and fighting various mobs (who SHOULD have been able to smash them like bugs but somehow didn't throughout much of the film). For them, it all seems to be for the thrills and laughs--the money is secondary. However, the deeper the risk the greater the thrills--so they keep biting off more and more and more. You figure that eventually they'll get in way over their heads. And that is when their friend Zero (a black guy--which is quite unusual for a Japanese film) is killed, things look really bad for these bizarre anti-heroes.

While this film is quite different from the usual mobster film of the time, it still is a pretty ordinary crime drama. It was reasonably entertaining but no more. For those who like the genre, it's worth seeing--for others, probably not.


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