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Kuro tokage (1968)

Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's... See full summary »

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Kinji Fukasaku

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Rampo Edogawa (novel), Yukio Mishima (stage adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Akihiro Miwa Akihiro Miwa ... Black Lizard (as Akihiro Maruyama)
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Detective Akechi
Kikko Matsuoka Kikko Matsuoka ... Sanaye
Jun Usami Jun Usami ... Shobei Iwasa (as Junya Usami)
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Junichi Amamiya
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Private Detective Keiji Matoba
Toshiko Kobayashi Toshiko Kobayashi ... Hina
Sônosuke Oda Sônosuke Oda ... Harada
Kinji Hattori Kinji Hattori ... Toyama
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Ôkawa
Jun Kato Jun Kato ... Sakai
Ryuji Funakoshi Ryuji Funakoshi ... Kozu
Mitsuko Takara Mitsuko Takara ... Show Dancer
Tetsurô Tanba
Yukio Mishima ... Human statue
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Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's expensive "Star of Egypt" diamond. To thwart the planned kidnapping, the jeweler hires Japan's number one detective, the brilliant Akechi. This sets off a dual between Black Lizard and Akechi as each tries to outwit the other. In the process, the two adversaries develop a mutual respect and affection for each other. Despite Akechi's efforts, Black Lizard and her crew are able to kidnap Sanaye and gain possession of the "Star of Egypt". Black Lizard takes Sanaye to her secret lair on a remote island which is populated by an eerie collection of naked human dolls. There Black Lizard plans to preserve Sanaye's beauty forever by turning her into one of her dolls. As Sanaye's doom quickly approaches, it is up to Akechi to save the day. Written by <frye@siservices.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Lizard See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Black Rose (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Three-part Invention No.2 in C Minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Isao Tomita
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Black Lizard rocks!
23 December 2006 | by nowshowingtvSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see "Black Lizard" at our local art cinema upon its very special U.S. release way back when and have searched high and low for the film on VHS, laserdisc and DVD ever since. The film is amazing, and I'm surprised it hasn't received that much attention amongst film buffs. Those of us who have seen it know what a wonderful film this is and I suggest that anyone who wants to see it again, at least on home video, should go to the logical source for a film like this - The Criterion Collection. Send them messages through their site telling them how special and important this film is and maybe, just maybe, they'll do something about it! I've already sent my request, so give it a shot. The more people request it, the better chance we have of seeing it get a DVD release! Long live "Black Lizard"!


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