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Intimidation (1960)

Aru kyôhaku (original title)
A bank manager is blackmailed into robbing his own bank.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tomio Aoki
Reiko Arai
Jun Hamamura ...
Nozaki
Norikatsu Hanamura
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Kyosuke Takita
Nobuo Kawakami
Shôji Kawamura
Kenji Kawatani
Yôko Kosono ...
Kumiko
Toshizô Kudô
Kôjirô Kusanagi ...
Shinji Kumaki
Kaneyuki Mizutani
Kô Nishimura ...
Matakichi Nakaike
Chiyoko Shimizu
Mari Shiraki ...
Umeha
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A bank manager is blackmailed into robbing his own bank.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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23 March 1960 (Japan)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Intimidation (1960)
4 December 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Based on a story by Kyo Takigawa, the 65-minute crime flick Intimidation (1960) is often referred to as the first Japanese film noir, but the very same director, Koreyoshi Kurahara, made a noir film titled I Am Waiting three years prior so we can safely say that this isn't the case. So, while Intimidation might not have big historical importance in the film world, it's a fine film on its own.

Despite its short running time, the film is heavy on character backstories and there really are no wasted moments - every scene is here for a reason. It's a pocket noir tale which intermingles the situations faced by a corrupt bank manager blackmailed to rob his own bank and his timid underling (played by Ko Nishimura, a face probably familiar to you if you've seen a few old Japanese films) who got screwed over by the manager in terms of career and family life. There are twists and turns at every corner, and I also really like the bank robbery scene, conducted in absolute silence. Also, where can I get one of those floral clocks?


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