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Afraid to Die (1960)

Karakkaze yarô (original title)
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Yukio Mishima ...
Ayako Wakao ...
Keizô Kawasaki ...
Eiji Funakoshi ...
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Yaeko Mizutani ...
Masako Katori (as Yoshie Mizutani)
Michiko Ono ...
Ayako Takatsu (as Toshiko Hasegawa)
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Mayumi Kurata
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ken Mitsuda
Jun Negami ...
Mantarô Ushio
Reizaburô Yamamoto ...
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Solid yakuza film
11 September 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Novelist Yukio Mishima stars as the hired gun for a down at heel yakuza clan in this top notch action flick. Unlike the previous reviewer, I think Mishima's performance is excellent, especially for those who go for that brooding James Dean attitude. Karakkaze yarô (Afraid to Die) was superbly shot in brilliant colour by cinematographer Hiroshi Murai (Sword of Doom, Samurai Assassin) and the widescreen Daieiscope process is well utilized by director Yasuzo Masumura. There are some wonderful and memorable set pieces, notably a completely twisted night club scene featuring a naughty song about bananas, and the final scene involving Mishima and an escalator. Well worth a look.


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