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1 February 1964 (Japan) See more »
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Businessmen arrange the early release from prison of Togawa, serving time for taking revenge on the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting heist caper, Japanese noir style See more (3 total) »

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Directed by
Takumi Furukawa 
 
Writing credits
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Hisataka Kai 
Haruhiko Ôyabu 

Produced by
Hideo Sasai .... planner
 
Original Music by
Masayoshi Ikeda 
 
Cinematography by
Saburô Isayama 
 
Film Editing by
Masanori Tsujii 
 
Art Direction by
Toshiyuki Matsui 
 
Production Management
Masao Ushiyama .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kikuo Sakaguchi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tsugio Yonezu .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Keiji Kaneda .... special effects
 
Stunts
Kakuo Watai .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masahiro Takashima .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Kenjû zankoku monogatari" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Interesting heist caper, Japanese noir style, 28 January 2010
Author: jcorelis from United States

Kenju zankoku monogatari is an interesting Japanese take on the heist caper genre. All the standard elements are there: the expert criminal mastermind who is recruited to perform one last, big job, the audacious plan to commit the perfect crime against a difficult target, the meticulously planned heist which of course goes terribly wrong, the subsequent falling-out of the thieves, and the final moral ending demonstrating that crime does not pay. The story is given a particularly Japanese flavor by the fact that the heist team is hired by a syndicate which later betrays them, thus introducing the theme, recurrent in Japanese film, of the individual against the corporation. The deliberately slow pacing, the close analysis of the relationships among the characters, and the careful creation of working class and underworld milieu, are reminiscent of classic French gangster film. The acting is superior, the atmosphere tough enough for any noir movie, and the violence, while not clinically graphic in the manner of some more recent films, is so effectively done that it's more shocking.

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