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11 March 1958 (Japan) See more »
Two friends who witnessed an organized crime murder are threatened by the local mob into keeping quiet. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fine Japanese noir See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Yûjirô Ishihara ... Yukihiko Tachibana
Mie Kitahara ... Keiko Nishida

Shôji Yasui ... Prosecutor Karita
Mari Shiraki ... Yuri

Jô Shishido ... Shimabara
Akira Kobayashi ... Makoto Terada
Masao Shimizu ... Shingo Mano
Kaoru Kusuda
Naoki Sugiura ... Seiji Katsumata
Toshio Takahara ... Takaishi
Nobuo Kawakami ... Detective Kanô
Keiko Amaji ... Yôko
Kyosuke Aihara ... Muramatsu
Saburô Hiromatsu ... Akira Mano
Shirô Yanase ... Takada
Zenji Yamada
Sanpei Mine
Akiyoshi Fukae
Tomio Aoki
Noriko Watari ... Tamae
Gô Kuroda ... Innkeeper
Seijirô Takano
Ryûsei Itô (as Ryusei Ito)
Ikunosuke Koizumi ... Nishida
Kyôichi Mizuki ... Oshi
Ken Misugi
Ichirô Kijima
Kazuo Kinugasa
Toshihiko Miyagawa
Sarao Ôsuga
Masayuki Kawamura
Makiko Tsunoda

Directed by
Toshio Masuda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shintarô Ishihara  screenplay
Shintarô Ishihara  story
Toshio Masuda  screenplay
Toshio Masuda  writer

Produced by
Takiko Mizunoe .... producer
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
Cinematography by
Kuratarô Takamura 
Film Editing by
Masanori Tsujii 
Art Direction by
Takashi Matsuyama 
Production Management
Akira Nakai .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazuo Kawabe .... assistant director
Sound Department
Fumio Hashimoto .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitsuo Ônishi .... gaffer
Toshiyasu Imoto .... still photographer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Sabita naifu" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:90 min | USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fine Japanese noir, 15 September 2009
Author: samhill5215 from United States

There's much to like about this film for noir enthusiasts. Moody characters, flawed protagonists, a great soundtrack, loose women, expert use of shadows to underline the plot, and much, much more. This is one that'll keep you riveted to the end. That said, there's some cheesy stuff as well. In particular plot elements that sometimes pop up rather conveniently take away from an otherwise very neat movie. The dialog can be stiff although some of that may be a result of the translation from the Japanese. Some sound effects, or rather their absence left me wondering. For example in the chase scene it looked as if the trucks were smashing each other yet there was no sound of the crash, just of the racing engines. In fight scenes the punches weren't always accompanied by the sound of a punch, or you could hear one but see no punch. Finally the choreography of the fight scenes left much to be desired. People flew around without being touched and punches were thrown that obviously did not connect. The studio should have taken lessons from Hollywood about staging fights. But all in all, a fine movie that also reunites two fine actors, Yujiro Ishihara and Mie Kitahara, who two years earlier starred in "Crazed Fruit".

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