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Kurenai no nagareboshi (1967)

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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Velvet Hustler  »

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2.35 : 1
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Killer Japanese 60's mod b-thriller
12 April 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This one's a gem. The story and to some extent the style are influenced by Goddard's "Breathless". We have the cool elements of a macho yakuza picture with pseudo-new wave flourishes. The slight pretense of being something deep never gets in the way of the fun. Watari Tetsuya is brilliant as the rough yet suave killer anti-hero and Asaoka Ruriko is so alluring as the sophisticated rich girl. There are cool humorous touches such as the hole in the killers hat and the great campy dance hall sequences with 60s go go music and chicks. I enjoyed this so much because I found it to be an example of a real classy take on the exploitation picture. I think it's from Nikkatsu who churned out these "program pictures", basically formula b-movies. Here we have been given such a film and while it's careful not to get so bizarre as to disarm the target audience (such as the great Suzuki Seijun had a tendency to do) it does show a distinct flare for a certain camp mod coolness.


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