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Blackmail Is My Business (1968)

Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei (original title)
| Comedy, Crime
Though he has come from a rough background on the streets, Muraki quickly rises through the ranks by means of his well-honed blackmailing instincts. Desperate to keep rolling with his ... See full summary »

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Hiroki Matsukata ...
Muraki
Tomomi Satô ...
Otoki
Shinjirô Ebara ...
(as Shinjirô Ehara)
Bin Amatsu
Ryôhei Uchida
Hideo Murota ...
Seki
Akira Jo ...
Zero
Eriko Sono
Kenjirô Ishiyama
Torahiko Hamada
Yôko Mihara
Keiji Takamiya
Shirô Amakusa
Sakae Umezu
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Though he has come from a rough background on the streets, Muraki quickly rises through the ranks by means of his well-honed blackmailing instincts. Desperate to keep rolling with his freewheeling lifestyle, Muraki sees his luck begin to crumble when he sets his sights on the business partners of a powerful gang boss. Written by sexidis

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Title music, played several times during the film, is ripped off (different but substantially an imitation) from the 1966 Yardbirds' song "Over Under Sideways Down". See more »

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Good, not great film from the Japanese New Wave
15 January 2004 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The story involves four people whose work is blackmail. They're successful in their "business," but their eyes eventually get too big for their stomachs when they think they've found a way to rip off the yakuza. The job proves harder than the easy money it initially seemed. While it is generally well done, its techniques reminded me a little too much of the annoying modern style with a lot of unnecessary freeze frames, chronological jumps, and shifts from black and white to color. I also felt that the characters ought to have been more well developed; the story is good, but the style overwhelms possible substance. My favorite part of the film is the fact that the characters whistle the theme tune to Suzuki Seijun's Tokyo Drifter, which means that Suzuki had to have had some popularity if his work was quoted like this. 7/10.


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