IMDb > Blackmail Is My Business (1968)

Blackmail Is My Business (1968) More at IMDbPro »Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei (original title)

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow)


User Rating:
7.1/10   254 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 41% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Blackmail Is My Business on IMDbPro.
Plot Keywords:
The Green Slime
 (From Trailers from Hell. 23 March 2014, 10:07 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Early Fukasaku picture sees the great director still honing his style, on his way to greater things See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shinji Fujiwara  book
Fumio Kônami 
Hirô Matsuda 
Norio Osada 

Produced by
Akira Oda .... producer
Shigeru Wakita .... producer
Original Music by
Hajime Kaburagi 
Cinematography by
Keiji Maruyama 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
Production Design by
Osamu Miki 
Art Direction by
Kiminobu Satô 
Production Management
Junichi Mine .... executive in charge of production
Hiromi Munemoto .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshimi Yamada .... assistant director
Art Department
Yoshiharu Kawazoe .... set designer
Sound Department
Yukio Obi .... sound
Kimifumi Satô .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenzô Ishiwata .... gaffer
Other crew
David Geiger .... english subtitles by

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei" - Japan (original title)
"Blackmail Is My Life" - USA (DVD title)
"Call Me Blackmail!" - USA
See more »
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:15 (2008)

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
References Tokyo Drifter (1966)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Early Fukasaku picture sees the great director still honing his style, on his way to greater things, 29 May 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Blackmail is my Life came in a transitional period for Japanese crime cinema and it shows that by being somehow stylistically confused. The genre was with one foot still set on the earlier Nikkatsu pictures that portrayed yakuzas as people who operated with some sense of chivalry (and BIML reflects that by having the blackmailers act as the heroes), the cool of Seijun Suzuki who bid the genre adieu with Branded to Kill one year earlier (and what an adieu that was) and one foot looking at the future.

The first half of the picture resembles the colourful pop air of Suzuki and anticipates the disjointed timelines and narrative style of The Yakuza Papers. Hiroki Matsukata is Muraki; professional blackmailer and quite successful at that. He lies on a bed and remembers. Flashbacks show us his humble beginnings. They start in black and white then colour kicks in. Frames freeze while he narrates in a voice-over. We go back and forth like that until after the half hour mark the story starts to shape up. His rise as a prominent blackmailer is seen through a series of incidents that lead up to the big con.

The second half is predicated more on character than style. Fukasaku puts the quirky flashbacks, stills and narration of the beginning to the side and focuses on the story in a straight-forward manner. He's just as good this way. The movie turns more cynical and gritty and the ending is particularly memorable.

The director is still not at the top of his craft (it's relatively still early in his career) but he shows that he's not willing to settle down for a simple, run-of-the-mill yakuza flick. He gambles; sometimes he wins, sometimes he doesn't. But he dares and as the saying goes, fortune favours the brave. If he hadn't taken a stab at a different approach like BIML, maybe The Yakuza Papers would have never materialized in all its glory. In that sense, Fukasaku deserves kudos for taking chances and following his vision.

Blackmail is my Life may not always be successful in its stylistic daring but it's entertaining and cool. As the missing link between the hard bop of the 60's and the grittiness of the 70's, it's an important part of the general picture. Fans owe it to themselves to check it out.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (12 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Blackmail Is My Business (1968)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Kuro tokage New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: Boss's Head New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 3: Boss's Last Days New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 1 Puss in Boots
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb Japan section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.