7.1/10
390
7 user 16 critic

Underworld Beauty (1958)

Ankokugai no bijo (original title)
Released from prison, a gangster (Michitaro Mizushima) retrieves diamonds sought by fellow yakuza.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A prison truck is assaulted and the two convicts inside are murdered. The prison guard on duty gets suspended for negligence and takes it upon himself to track down the killers.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Michitarô Mizushima, Misako Watanabe, Shôichi Ozawa
Tattooed Life (1965)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After his own gang sets him up to kill a rival mobster, a hit man is forced to flee with his younger brother.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Masako Izumi, Hiroko Itô
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Tamio Kawaji, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa
Gate of Flesh (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An injured thief on the run finds sanctuary within a brothel of united, ruthless women.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Wada, Yumiko Nogawa
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A hit man is hired to kill a mob boss. After the deed is done, he and his driver are wanted dead by rival gangs who joined forces.

Director: Takashi Nomura
Stars: Jô Shishido, Jerry Fujio, Chitose Kobayashi
Kagero-za (1981)
Fantasy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A 1920s playwright meets a beautiful woman who may be the ghost of his patron's deceased wife.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Michiyo Yasuda, Mariko Kaga
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A surreal period film following an university professor and his eerie nomad friend as they go through loose romantic triangles and face death in peculiar ways.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Ôtani, Kisako Makishi
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Police detective Tajima, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a blood-bath. Suzuki transforms a colorful pot-boiler into an on-target send-up of cultural colonialism and post-war greed.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Tamio Kawaji, Reiko Sassamori
Kenka erejî (1966)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the 1930s, a teenager yearns for a Catholic girl, whose only desire is to reform his sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, the young man channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Junko Asano, Yûsuke Kawazu
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ishikawa, a newspaper journalist, unexpectedly meets Asako, a woman who used to work for his company some time ago as a phone operator. Three years ago, she accidentally heard the voice of ... See full summary »

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Yôko Minamida, Hideaki Nitani, Nobuo Kaneko
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A female golfer who has exceeded expectations to reach the top not only has to contend with being in-demand, but also with the men in her life, her neigbours, her brother and not to mention a stalker.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Kyôko Enami, Yoshio Harada, Masumi Okada
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three schoolgirls are infatuated with a yakuza, Katsuta, of the Izu Clan. They meet another yakuza, `Diamond` Fuyu, of the rival Yoshida clan. As he gets a tattoo, two of the girls become ... See full summary »

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara, Daisaburô Hirata
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Michitarô Mizushima ... Miyamoto
Mari Shiraki ... Akiko Mihara
Shinsuke Ashida ... Ôyane
Tôru Abe ... Mihara
Hideaki Nitani ... Detective Watanabe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Setsuko Amamiya ... Keiko
Tomio Aoki
Shôki Fukae ... Fujita
Ayako Fukuda ... School Girl A
Akinori Hanamura ... Detective (as Kazuo Mihara)
Kyôko Horikawa ... School Girl B
Ryûsei Itô
Bumon Kahara ... Hatano
Hiroshi Katô
Ichirô Kijima
Edit

Storyline

Released from prison, a gangster (Michitaro Mizushima) retrieves diamonds sought by fellow yakuza.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 March 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Underworld Beauty  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A classic yakuza flick
3 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

or so they say. I'm not very into gangster style movies of this variety, but this is a stylistic and imaginative entry. The feel of it is not far at all from Hollywood classics of the forties and this is what let me down the most. It still has plenty of charms and individuality of its own though. Much of it in the perverse details in which also black comedy is found.

Set in postwar Tokyo, then very much a city of shacks, is interesting to see and compare to todays megapolis. Well shot images in black and white really lets you get the feel of the city.

Most interesting character is Mari Shiraki's. She is strong and tough. Very well acted. Her boyfriend is well portrayed as a greedy artist. I must agree, though, that the hero Mizushima is a rather dull character.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial