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Kanto Wanderer (1963)

Kantô mushuku (original title)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kobayashi ... Katsuta
Chieko Matsubara ... Izu Tokiko (schoolgirl)
Daisaburô Hirata ... Daiyamondo no Fuyu
Hiroko Itô ... Mrs. Iwata (Katsuta's lover)
Sanae Nakahara ... Yamada Hanako
Kaku Takashina ... Yakami
Chikako Shin ... Ishikawa Matsue
Eimei Esumi ... Business commuter
Ichirô Kijima
Keisuke Noro ... Bikkuri Toru
Hiroshi Kôno ... Meguro
Kazuo Kinugasa ... (as Masuo Kinukasa)
Hiroshi Chô
Keiko Sasaki ... Ito Sachiko
Shirô Yanase ... Oniwaka no sato
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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 squeamish and run off but Hanako, the best friend of the daughter of Sota Izu, boss of the Izu clan, stays to watch. She is intrigued with the yakuza .....

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23 November 1963 (Japan)  »

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Intelligent Yakuza tale
23 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

The story is a bit hard to follow, but quite involving. But the main asset of this film is the lush photography. The colours are just glorious, and a number of shots would make wonderful postcards.

Handsome young Katsuta tries to follow the yakuza code, but even his boss doesn't believe in it. Diamond Fuyu is less ethical, and allows the idiotic Tetsu to trick a schoolgirl he fancies, Hanako, into a type of bonded prostitution. Because of gang conflict, the Izu family (to whom Katsuta belongs) has their last gambling den taken over, and he seeks revenge. This brings him back into contact with a former lover who is also a card trickster - she is also Diamond Fuyu's sister, and is now married to Okaru-Hachi, who has mastered a clever card cheating trick called Okaru, which involves the deft use of mirrors. Hey, I warned you it was hard to follow ! And it gets more complicated until, finally, the story starts to gel near the end. Not a conventional yakuza film, despite containing many of the elements. Don't expect lots of action. Quite good.


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