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Like a Shooting Star (1967)

Kurenai no nagareboshi (original title)
A young yakuza hitman named Goro does a job and needs to hideout away from Tokyo for a while. He hangs out with loose women and hard men and always manages to stay one step ahead of the law... See full summary »

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Goro
Ruriko Asaoka
Ryôtarô Sugi
Chiyo Okumura
Kayo Matsuo
Masahiko Tanimura
Shinji Yamada
Shôki Fukae
Misako Tominaga
Tomiko Ishii
Ken Sanders
Zenji Yamada
Kôtarô Sugie ...
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Hyôe Enoki
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A young yakuza hitman named Goro does a job and needs to hideout away from Tokyo for a while. He hangs out with loose women and hard men and always manages to stay one step ahead of the law. In his exile, he comes under suspicion for a murder and meets the girlfriend of the murdered man. They develop a strange bond while unbeknown to Goro, another hitman is after him for the job he did in Tokyo. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Killing is easy; love is murder.

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7 October 1967 (Japan)  »

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Crimson Comet  »

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2.35 : 1
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Knock-out 60's Action from Nikkatsu!
15 April 2000 | by (Stillwater, OK (USA)) – See all my reviews

Much has been made of the debt this great film, by director Toshio Masuda, owes to Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless"--and to be sure, it has many (most likely intentional) similarities. Yet, "Kurenai No Nagareboshi" (known here as "Velvet Hustler") is actually a faithful remake of Masuda's own 1958 film, "Crimson Seaport"--a film made a full year before Godard's picture.

That being said, "Velvet Hustler" is another in a long line of knock-out Nikkatsu action films from the 1960's. Though this film is highly entertaining, and very worthy of repeated watchings, it should be noted that it is a fairly typical example of the type of action/exploitation films Nikkatsu Studios turned out (by the scores!) at this time. In short, this is a greatly enjoyable programmer that we are lucky to have available to us here in the USA. I only hope that more of Nikkatsu's excellent 1960's output sees release on video stateside!


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