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The Last Gunfight (1960)

Ankokugai no taiketsu (original title)
Japanese police detective Saburo Fujioka is suspected of corruption, demoted, and sent to the city of Kojin. Kojin is the scene of fierce fighting between rival gangs. Fujioka is assigned ... See full summary »

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Kihachi Okamoto
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Toshirô Mifune ... Detective Saburo Fujioka
Kôji Tsuruta ... Tetsuo Maruyama
Yôko Tsukasa ... Sally
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Kyuzaburo Oka
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Shibata
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Ofudokichi
Jirô Makino Jirô Makino ... Tanba
Kôji Iwamoto Kôji Iwamoto ... Tomita
Keiko Muramatsu Keiko Muramatsu ... Benichyo, Shibata's lover
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Otokichi Kozuka
Makoto Satô ... Yata
Yutaka Nakayama Yutaka Nakayama ... Tako
Akihiko Hirata ... Susumu Tendo, the killer
Hideyo Amamoto ... Ichino
Akira Wakamatsu Akira Wakamatsu ... Nikawa
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Japanese police detective Saburo Fujioka is suspected of corruption, demoted, and sent to the city of Kojin. Kojin is the scene of fierce fighting between rival gangs. Fujioka is assigned to investigate the death of the wife of gangster Tetsuo Maruyama of the Kozuka gang, probably at the hands of one of the Oka gang. During a gang gunfight, Maruyama is rescued by Detective Fujioka and the two become friends. But Maruyama insists on avenging his wife's murder, even if it means conflict with his new friend. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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police shootout | cop | yakuza | See All (3) »

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Crime | Drama

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Chishu Ryu, a regular of Ozu's works, has appeared though his name is not in the credit. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »

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Tremendous Japanese crime movie.

I am a big Japanese Yakuza films lover, although not being a great specialist. I only love this kind of features. But that's the first time I see a crime film from the Rising Sun country starring Toshiro Mifune and Koji Tsuruta. I would have imagined Takakura Ken, Bunta Sugawara, Noburu Ando or Tetsua Watari as well...This film would have pleased to Jean-Pierre Melville. I mean the scheme: a manhood friendship between a cop and a gangster, played here by Tsuruta Koji. But, of course, Melville would have made such a movie in a different way, without humor touch, I mean. I am also surprised that such an early sixties film was shot in color. I have always been fond of Tsuruta. Here,his character is very interesting. But this crime film is definitely not a pure Yakuza one, although you have gangsters. Actually, it looks like a western topic set in a modern Japanese crime feature atmosphere. The untouchable vet cop - or sheriff - and the good gangster - outlaw - seeking revenge for the murder of his wife. You'll also here a film noir influence, with night clubs and cabaret songs sequences. And a brutal shooting scene takes place in a western scenery bar. So, to summarize, a predictable movie, but not so much if you compare to many other Japanese films from this period.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 January 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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