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Blackmail Is My Business (1968)

Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei (original title)
| Comedy, Crime
Though he has come from a rough background on the streets, Muraki quickly rises through the ranks by means of his well-honed blackmailing instincts. Desperate to keep rolling with his ... See full summary »

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Kinji Fukasaku
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroki Matsukata Hiroki Matsukata ... Muraki
Tomomi Satô Tomomi Satô ... Otoki
Shinjirô Ebara Shinjirô Ebara ... (as Shinjirô Ehara)
Yûsuke Kawazu
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu
Ryôhei Uchida Ryôhei Uchida
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Seki
Akira Jo Akira Jo ... Zero
Eriko Sono Eriko Sono
Kenjirô Ishiyama Kenjirô Ishiyama
Torahiko Hamada Torahiko Hamada
Yôko Mihara Yôko Mihara
Keiji Takamiya Keiji Takamiya
Shirô Amakusa Shirô Amakusa
Sakae Umezu
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Though he has come from a rough background on the streets, Muraki quickly rises through the ranks by means of his well-honed blackmailing instincts. Desperate to keep rolling with his freewheeling lifestyle, Muraki sees his luck begin to crumble when he sets his sights on the business partners of a powerful gang boss. Written by sexidis

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Japanese

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2.35 : 1
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Title music, played several times during the film, is ripped off (different but substantially an imitation) from the 1966 Yardbirds' song "Over Under Sideways Down". See more »

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Excitingly and beautifully shot
13 August 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Very stylish and innovative, this also moves at a furious pace. Excitingly and beautifully shot, this is a tale of four youngsters setting out on a career as blackmailers as they seem to have been passed by in the post-war Japanese boom. It can be a bit confusing with so many characters and the usual, bluff, double bluff and downright betrayal. The story is told both backwards and forwards and often the only way to tell of a flashback is that it begins in b/w, slowly turning to colour for most of the sequence, except for the times that it doesn't! There are so many stand out sequences but a colour sequence of consensual lovemaking intercut with one that is certainly not consensual in b/w is particularly effective. Outstanding camera-work and direction ensure that this looks and feels great all the time and if the ending is a little melodramatic, it is still enthusiastically shot with hand held and whirling cameras.


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