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Fun energetic cynical pop action film showcases corrupt 60s society. See more (12 total) »


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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

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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
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:15 (2008)

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References Tokyo Drifter (1966)See more »


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Fun energetic cynical pop action film showcases corrupt 60s society., 16 October 2005
Author: amerh from Washington, DC

How can a movie about low-lives using blackmail to get out of their scummy life be so much fun, and still carry a message about social corruption and racism? First, by being restlessly energetic. All the new wave film techniques are used here, jump cuts, flashbacks, moving whirling hand-held cameras, sharp angles.. The movie never slows down except for a few delicious very physical love scenes, the complex story is told through the action. A movie that seems made in a rush and is much better for it.

The stylish 60s fashions, amoral but sexy protagonists, pop art photography and snappy music make this movie fun. It also makes it easier to take the extremely cynical message underlying the whole film. The antiheroes on display are like rats in a sewer (a dead rat is a recurring image). They hang on to the memory of the few happy moments they had, and keep reliving it. They think they blackmail for money, but they are really acting to get back at the Big guys, to prove that even scum can rise above their station. Their friendship and bond comes out of necessity and common experience. But their chance at the big lights is fleeting: going out with a famous actress for a moment may be thrilling, but our heroes do not belong in that world .

The film portrays a Japan ruled by corruption, where mavericks and half-breeds have to scrape to survive. Nobody is good, starting with all of the seedy blackmail "victims". The film has very dark and cynical outlook, but don't let that description phase you, this is also an incredibly fun film to watch, with action, humor and overabundant style. Most critics rank this movie as one of the director's lesser films. I think it deserves much better. Definitely recommended to those who love 60s gangster movies.

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