Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Takichi Inukai aka Kyôichirô Tarumi
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Yae Sugito
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Motojima
Yoshi Katô ...
Yae's Father
Sadako Sawamura ...
Motojima's Wife
Susumu Fujita ...
Police Chief
Akiko Kazami ...
Toshiko
Seiichirô Kameishi
Shûsuke Sone ...
Owner of Asahi Spa
Mitsuo Andô ...
Chûkichi Kijima
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...
Priest
Shôken Sawa
Tadashi Suganuma ...
Detective Satô
Sachi Shindô ...
Yumisaka's Wife
Yuriko Anjô ...
Tokiko Katsuragi
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Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

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Tedious
19 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is long, predictable, and boring. There is no suspense, the plot is stale, and the police procedure is completely uninteresting. The acting and cinematography are good, but there are some primitive effects whose strangeness is sort of unsettling as intended, but have mostly a comic effect for modern Western viewers (the sex scene with a fingernail is perhaps the highlight of the film). As in most Japanese movies, the characters are ridiculously awkward at times, but apparently this is how Japanese behave in reality.

While the depiction of post-war Japan was interesting, it wasn't enlightening, and as with German accounts of WWII you get the feeling that what little suffering is depicted is exaggerated.

Fans of Japanese cinema might like this film, but I recommend you watch Pitfall (again) if you are short on time, because Kiga kaikyo won't be adding much to your life.


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