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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 ... 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Okay, but kind of generic
29 April 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Afraid to Die, one of the four Yasuzo Masumura films that Fantoma has recently released on DVD, contains several examples of the directorial mastery of the same man who directed Giants and Toys and Bind Beast - in fact, the entire film is skillfully directed - but the script is terribly dull. Also working against the film is Yukio Mishima. He was the original draw for the film. He was a famous novelist at the time, probably the most famous in Japan, and his fans desperately wanted to see him in a film. Unfortunately, he's not a very good actor. I guess his poor performance is just as well blamed on the script, though. His character fluctuates a lot. We're supposed to like him, or at least sympathize with him, but that's not really possible. He's a pure scumbag. Afraid to Die is worth watching. It's not very long, and, like I said above, there are a couple of great scenes. One particular death scene is alone worth the price of a rental, if you're lucky enough to find it on your local video shelf. If you're thinking about buying any of Fantoma's Masumura DVDs, this one's not really worth it. Definitely buy Giants and Toys and Blind Beast. I haven't yet seen Manji. I did order it, though, so by the time you read this I could have already posted a review. Check it out. For Afraid to Die: 7/10.


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