Though mostly known for his gritty yakuza dramas and, now, his legendary cult film Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's career ranges across (and liberally messes around with) many genres... See full synopsis »
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
I was in this movie as an extra, along with many other Americans, but I do not know if my picture ever appeared there.
It was filmed in Ofuna and I mention it in my screenplay "Hard Times in Tokyo Japan".
Here is what my screenplay says about it:
"We thought you weren't coming. We've been calling all day. Your office said they didn't know where you were. Go to the dance floor and act like you're dancing with one of the ladies there.
"Sam goes to the dance floor. There he finds Tony, with his arms around a Japanese woman. They are supposed to be dancing in this movie. Sam finds a lady and starts dancing with her, to music. The dance floor is filled with couples dancing. About half of them are foreigners, American and European. This is a movie about the Japanese occupation of Shanghai before World War II.
"During the shooting, Tony repeatedly tries to fondle and feel up whatever Japanese woman he is assigned to dance with. The women obviously don't want to be fondled, but they also do not want to lose their jobs, so they try their best to tolerate Tony.
"Between shots, Tony speaks to Sam"
PLOT SYNOPSIS for Shanghai Bansu King (Shanghai Rhapsody) Shanghai, the summer of 1936. Shirou was on the way to Paris as the honeymoon with Madoka. He could marry her on one condition: he gave up to pursue the career as jazz musician. But he planned to stay in Shanghai to enjoy jazz life. When Madoka found out about it, they were already in trouble which made impossible to get out of Shanghai. They begun working in a dance hall, enjoyed jazz and freedom. But the war was coming near... (The term 'bansu king' in the title derived from 'advance king', which means a person who always gets advance of his/her payment.)
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