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"Naked City" Without Stick or Sword (1962)

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I didn't know that Buddhists kill people?

Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA
23 October 2012

***SPOILERS***Sporting what looks like either a 1950's greaser or Count Dracula hairstyle Burmese and practicing Buddhist mariner Maung Tuh, William Shatner, has lost all his love for the life of every living creature on the planet, human animal & plant, in his determination to have revenge against those responsible for his four brothers tragic deaths. As we soon find out that as tragic as Tuh's brother's deaths were it wasn't murder on the part of the person whom he's out to get American ship Captain Russell Barris, Martin Balsam. It was neglect which not only here in the US but anywhere else in the civilized world isn't a crime that deserves the death penalty.

Striking out at Barris Tuh mistakenly runs his wife Betty, Linda Prochnicka, through with a knife killing her when she opened the door of the couples apartment that he, acting as a grocery delivery boy, knocked on. Now not only wanted by the NYPD but having killed a living and innocent human being Tuh goes into a deep depression that has him on the brink of wanting, a major sin in Buddhist religion and culture, to do himself in Japanese hara-kiri style! That unless the NYPD get to him first!

***SPOILERS*** Confused befuddled and a bit psycho Maung Tuh roams the streets on NYC looking for salvation in what he did and ends up at a local Buddhist Temple in the Chinatown section of the city. It's there that the understanding and kindly Reverend Nakamura, Otto Han Yamauka, tried to talk him out of doing himself in and face whatever justice h's to answer for in killing Betty Barris. In that by killing himself is not only a major sin but he's also making it worse for himself on the other side,the world beyond, when he finally gets there.

***MAJOR SPOILER*** Deeply touching final with the by now getting it all together Tuh making peace,in a cemetery no less, with himself and a startled Captain Barris, who was there burying his wife Betty, as well as the NYPD who staked out the place in them expecting him to show up there! Tuh is not there to murder but forgive Captain Barris for all the hurt that he cause him. With a breaking into tears Barris returning the favor in him asking from Tuh for forgiveness for his own responsibly in his brothers deaths in a real tearjerker of an ending of a "Naked City" episode.

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