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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsuya Watari ...
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 ...
(as Hiroshi Sugie)
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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