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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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Starring Jô Shishido, the epitome of Japanese cool. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

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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Starring Jô Shishido, the epitome of Japanese cool., 17 March 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Cruel Gun Story" stars one of the weirder actors of his era, Jô Shishido. I say weird because Shishido actually paid to have surgery to give him bizarre cheeks--making him appear, somewhat, like a human chipmunk! This apparently made him quite popular in Japanese crime films (I didn't realize that Japanese criminals were cursed with this odd facial characteristic!). I've seen him in quite a few films including: "Branded to Kill", "Youth of the Beast", "Detective bureau 2-3" and "Gate of Flesh" and he is the epitome of Japanese cool.

When the story begins, you learn that Shishido's been in prison for killing a man who ran over Sashido's sister. As a result, the sister is wheelchair-bound, so Shishido felt compelled to kill the guy. Now, he's been sprung from prison early--apparently some mob boss wants him lead a team in an armored car robbery. Shishido agrees--as he hopes that the money can pay for some miracle surgery to heal her. Unfortunately, there's more to the plan than Shishido is aware of and perhaps this is NOT a good way to make a fast buck. Can our anti-hero somehow survive this bold caper? I could say more, but it would spoil the film.

This is a very taut and exciting crime film thanks to a great plot, good acting and Shishido's character--a nice mixture of coolness, machismo and, in an odd way, honor. Plus, I sure liked the very dark ending--what a finale. Overall, I'd say this is one of the best examples of Japanese noir I have seen and it's well worth seeing--whether or not you are a fan of the genre.

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