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Cast

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Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
 
Writing credits
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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
 
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David Geiger .... english subtitles by
 

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Also Known As:
"Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei" - Japan (original title)
"Blackmail Is My Life" - USA (DVD title)
"Call Me Blackmail!" - USA
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90 min
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UK:15 (2008)

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good, not great film from the Japanese New Wave, 15 January 2004
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

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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