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Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963)

Kutabare akutô-domo - Tantei jimusho 23 (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 27 January 1963 (Japan)
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

Writers:

Iwao Yamazaki (screenplay), Haruhiko Ôyabu (author)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jô Shishido ... Hideo Tajima (as Joe Shishido)
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Manabe
Reiko Sassamori Reiko Sassamori ... Chiaki
Nobuo Kaneko ... Inspector Kumagai
Kinzô Shin Kinzô Shin ... Hatano
Naomi Hoshi Naomi Hoshi ... Sally
Asao Sano Asao Sano ... Father Tajima
Yûko Kusunoki Yûko Kusunoki ... Misa
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Irie
Hiroshi Hijikata Hiroshi Hijikata ... Horiuchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kensuke Akashi Kensuke Akashi
Hiroshi Chiyoda Hiroshi Chiyoda
Hiroshi Chô Hiroshi Chô
Hyôe Enoki Hyôe Enoki
Tatsuya Hamaguchi Tatsuya Hamaguchi
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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.

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Action | Crime

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 January 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.45 : 1
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Unique cocktail
25 November 2014 | by colayaSee all my reviews

What happens when you mix Adam West's Batman with James Bond, jazz music and pop art? Well... this movie. It's plain fun, full of primary colors, with a stylish hero in silk suit who doesn't take himself too seriously, clever deception tactics, gangs with samurai swords, pow! biff! bang!

Add Suzuki's usual game that transforms "continuity goofs" in virtue... Your usual "time" and "space" will be challenged. This is an acquired taste. If you are fan of Suzuki then this is a must. All of his trademarks are already there. And if you want to taste a new drink, this is a good chance.

Suzuki would be fired some years later since for the president of Nikkatsu Studios "we don't need a director who makes movies nobody understands". Suzuki's reply? "Why make a movie about something one understands completely? I make movies about things I do not understand, but wish to."

This film might serve as an aperitif for a different type of cinema. It will stimulate your appetite.


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