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Never Give Up (1978)
"Yasei no shômei" (original title)

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Takeshi Ajisawa
Ryôko Nakano ...
Tomoko Ochi / Misako
Hiroko Yakushimaru ...
Yoriko Nagai
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Kazunari Ohba
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Detective Kitano
Takahiro Tamura ...
Urakawa, pressman
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US green beret officer
Shinsuke Ashida ...
Sakamoto, head of the Defense Agency
Kai Atô
Moeko Ezawa ...
Hiromi, Bar hostess
Hajime Hana ...
Lieutenant Muranaga
Tatsuo Ito
Nobuo Kaneko ...
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Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Kiyo Matsushita
Toshizô Kudô
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Mostly A Very Absorbing Action Drama
20 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film stars Ken Takakura as Ajisawa, a firmer member of the Special Forces, now a life insurance salesman. There was a massacre in a rural village in Japan, and Ajisawa ends up adopting the only survivor, Yoriko (a young Hiroko Yakushimaru). She has amnesia but can also has a sixth sense of dangerous things just ahead. Her memory slowly returns. The local government wants Ajisawa dead, and you begin to understand why. Among the questions about this enigmatic figure you have to ask yourself is, did he commit the massacre, thereby killing Yoriko's parents? This film has that psychological intent to it, and there are moments of violence. About the only criticism I have is that its a bit too long, but it still keeps your interest. For lovers of the kind of action drama that eventually spawned Rambo, but this film is just as much about story as action. Stay with it, I think you'll like it. The acting is uniformly good.


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