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Rififi in Tokyo (1963)

Rififi à Tokyo (original title)
Van Ekken, an old gangster, arrives in Tokyo to direct a bank hold-up, to get a very valuable diamond, so big it's named Titan. Riquet was to be his second-in-command, but a rival gang ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Deray

Writers:

Auguste Le Breton (novel), José Giovanni (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karlheinz Böhm ... Carl Mersen
Charles Vanel ... Van Hekken
Barbara Lass ... Françoise Merigné
Keiko Kishi Keiko Kishi ... Asami
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Pierre Merigné
Eiji Okada ... Danny Riquet
Masao Oda Masao Oda ... Kan
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Luigi
Hideaki Suzuki Hideaki Suzuki ... Itoushi
Eijirô Yanagi Eijirô Yanagi ... Ishimoto
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Storyline

Van Ekken, an old gangster, arrives in Tokyo to direct a bank hold-up, to get a very valuable diamond, so big it's named Titan. Riquet was to be his second-in-command, but a rival gang shoots him down before the big day. Marsen, Riquet's friend, substitutes for him. Françoise, the companion of another gang member, will compromise the attack to the vault, but eventually they get past that. Yet, not all the gangsters will make it out of the security vault - and Van Ekken, caught, and having lost face, will do as an old Samurai... Written by Artemis-9

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 March 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rififi in Tokyo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie has never been based on an Auguste Le Breton's novel, only a script, a screenplay. See more »

Connections

Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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Director Jacques Deray shows why some criminals fail to achieve success in the end.
5 October 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Rififi in Tokyo can be described as an intelligent heist film which has necessary elements to keep viewers glued to their seats.It is an intelligent film as all its mysteries have been nicely explained.For this reason,any viewer with questions would not be disappointed as they have all been answered in a right manner.What makes this film special is that one has to watch it carefully until the end to understand how even the greatest of criminal minds fail to achieve success for which they have dedicated all their time and resources.Although it is set in Tokyo,director Jacques Deray ensures that it does not suffer from any kind of exotic hangover which can make viewers lose interest in the film.He has given equal importance to all characters regardless of their saying their lines in Japanese or French.The portrayal of Japanese mafia as vicious criminals who would not stop at anything to prevent their rivals from achieving success appears to be authentic as they are shown to have made considerable gains.Although there are two minor sub plots in this film,overall narrative plan of the film is not disturbed as the film does not deviate at all from its story telling path.Lastly,Rififi in Tokyo is a film for you if you wish to see old aspects of Tokyo especially of a time when it was not a very crowded city.


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