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Gitaa o motta wataridori (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime | 11 October 1959 (Japan)
Shinji (Akira Kobayashi), a wandering street musician, gets involved with a mob boss, Akitsu (Nobuo Kaneko), after saving one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Akitsu gives Shinji a job to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kobayashi ...
Shinji Taki
Ruriko Asaoka ...
Yuki Akitsu
Sanae Nakahara ...
Sumiko Shôji
Misako Watanabe ...
Rie
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Reizaburô Akitsu
Kyôji Aoyama ...
Yasukawa
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George (as Joe Shishido)
Mari Shiraki
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Detective Numata
Yûzô Kiura ...
Akio Shôji
San'emon Suzuki ...
Coast Guard Officer #1
Hyôsuke Kanbe
Tsuneo Katagiri ...
Shopkeeper
Tomio Aoki ...
Tetsu
Saburô Hiromatsu ...
Baba
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Shinji (Akira Kobayashi), a wandering street musician, gets involved with a mob boss, Akitsu (Nobuo Kaneko), after saving one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Akitsu gives Shinji a job to evict an offshore fishery, but things take an unexpected twist when Shinji finds out the owner's wife is Akitsu's actual sister. As Shinji protects the Akitsu family, Akitsu's daughter takes a romantic interest in him. Shinji's mob life becomes more complicated when a member of the Taguchi family questions if Shinji is an undercover cop. Written by Nikkatsu

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Bird-of-Passage  »

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THE WANDERING GUITARIST series. #1 of 9 films. See more »

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References Shane (1953) See more »

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Gitaa o motta wataridori
Words by Sô Nishizawa
Music by Shôichi Komabayashi
Sung by Akira Kobayashi
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Nikkatsu in Full Color
1 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shinji (Akira Kobayashi), a wandering street musician, gets involved with a mob boss, Akitsu (Nobuo Kaneko), after saving one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Akitsu gives Shinji a job to evict an offshore fishery, but things take an unexpected twist when Shinji finds out the owner's wife is Akitsu's actual sister.

Director Buichi Saitô is largely unknown in America, despite an impressive output. Besides a trilogy of "Rambler" movies, he may be best known for "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril" (1972). But he seems to have the gangster film down. This film opens with a bar brawl and before long we get a burlesque night club, perhaps more what you might expect in Cuba at the time (1959).

Somehow, this film is almost completely unheard of (I am the first to review it on IMDb), but hopefully that will change now that Arrow Films has put out a great-looking blu-ray set.


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