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1 February 1964 (Japan) See more »
A convict fresh out of prison, with a handicapped sister, is coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing an armored racetrack car heist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Takumi Furukawa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
Kakuo Watai .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Masahiro Takashima .... gaffer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kenjû zankoku monogatari" - Japan (original title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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Interesting heist caper, Japanese noir style, 28 January 2010
Author: Ambrose_Wolfinger 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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