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Black River (1957)
"Kuroi kawa" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  23 October 1957 (Japan)
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Perhaps Kobayashi's most sordid film, Black River is an exposé of the rampant corruption on and around U.S. military bases following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a ... See full summary »

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Fumio Watanabe ...
Nishida
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Jo
Isuzu Yamada ...
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Tomo'o Nagai ...
Okada
Keiko Awaji ...
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Eijirô Tôno ...
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Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Kin
Asao Sano ...
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Chisato Kasuga
Yôko Katsuragi
Kôichi Kitami
Masao Kiyomizu
Sue Mitobe
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Perhaps Kobayashi's most sordid film, Black River is an exposé of the rampant corruption on and around U.S. military bases following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a love triangle that develops between a good-natured student, his innocent girlfriend, and a coldhearted petty criminal (Tatsuya Nakadai, in his first major role) to diagnose a social disease that had Japan slowly succumbing to lawlessness, devolving into gangsterism, violence, and prostitution. Written by Anonymous

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Film noirish look at post war Japanese squalor
5 February 2006 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

The story is set around an American Air Force base which has attracted bars and brothels and the native Japanese who need this sordid world to scape by and make money to just barely survive. A love triangle develops among the dwellers of a falling down apartment building and a local gangster called Killer Joe.

It's a fascinating slice of life with engaging vivid seedy characters, these type of shanty towns always develop around military bases, I can't think of any other films I've seen that take place there. It's a rare look into the postwar lower middle class and lower end criminal element in Japan. Fast moving and convincing well worth watching if you can find it. Memorable ending and last image to a memorable film.


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