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Karakkaze yarô (1960)

Not Rated | | Action , Crime | 23 March 1960 (Japan)
Takeo is a young yakuza who renounces his former criminal activities after being released from prison. But sometimes escaping the past is not so easy.

Director:

Yasuzô Masumura

Writers:

Hideo Andô (screenplay), Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Yukio Mishima ... Takeo Asahina
Ayako Wakao ... Yoshie Koizumi
Eiji Funakoshi ... Susumu Aikawa
Takashi Shimura ... Gohei Hirayama
Yaeko Mizutani ... Masako Katori (as Yoshie Mizutani)
Jun Negami Jun Negami ... Yusaku Sagara
Keizô Kawasaki Keizô Kawasaki ... Shoichi Koizumi
Reizaburô Yamamoto Reizaburô Yamamoto ... Daizaburo
Michiko Ono Michiko Ono ... Ayako Takatsu (as Toshiko Hasegawa)
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Masa
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda
Mayumi Kurata Mayumi Kurata
Mantarô Ushio Mantarô Ushio
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Takeo is a young yakuza who renounces his former criminal activities after being released from prison. But sometimes escaping the past is not so easy.

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Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 March 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Afraid to Die See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Solid yakuza film
11 September 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Novelist Yukio Mishima stars as the hired gun for a down at heel yakuza clan in this top notch action flick. Unlike the previous reviewer, I think Mishima's performance is excellent, especially for those who go for that brooding James Dean attitude. Karakkaze yarô (Afraid to Die) was superbly shot in brilliant colour by cinematographer Hiroshi Murai (Sword of Doom, Samurai Assassin) and the widescreen Daieiscope process is well utilized by director Yasuzo Masumura. There are some wonderful and memorable set pieces, notably a completely twisted night club scene featuring a naughty song about bananas, and the final scene involving Mishima and an escalator. Well worth a look.


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