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Blueprint of Murder (1961)

Ankokugai no dankon (original title)
While testing the advance prototype of a revolutionary gas engine, the vehicle is involved in a mysterious accident killing its driver. The police report states that it was an accident, ... See full summary »

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Kihachi Okamoto
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûzô Kayama ... Jirô Kusaka
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Ken Sudô
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Azuma, police detective
Kumi Mizuno ... Tomi
Mickey Curtis Mickey Curtis ... Miki
Ichirô Nakatani ... Shizuo Komatsu
Mie Hama ... Kyôko Komatsu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideyo Amamoto
Kan Hayashi Kan Hayashi
Akihiko Hirata
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Yûsaku Ôshima
Naoya Kusakawa Naoya Kusakawa ... Maekawa
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Ichirô Kusaka
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Akira Shima
Yutaka Nakayama Yutaka Nakayama
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While testing the advance prototype of a revolutionary gas engine, the vehicle is involved in a mysterious accident killing its driver. The police report states that it was an accident, caused by the driver. But driver's younger brother senses foul play.

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 January 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blueprint of Murder See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Japanese take on industrial espionage
27 March 2017 | by sinful-2See all my reviews

The movie starts with Jiro receiving a telegram to come home as his brother is dead. When returning home he is informed that it is most likely not an accident but a part of industrial espionage.

He finds out that he received some sort of warning. At the same time he meets his university friend Ken Sudo that is some sort of publisher/journalist.

The police close the about Jiros brothers death as accident. Jiro then set out to find his brothers murderers. Ken think there is some sort of story in this and do things his own way to help Jiro.

Seen in modern light Blueprint of Murder is maybe not a masterpiece, but for the time it was made it was way ahead of most American and European things done in the same genre.

I would say Blueprint of Murder have good acting and a good story. And maybe most important interesting characters. Action sequences is good for 1961 time. I would say a good short movie that I found very entertaining. I would recommend giving it a try if you are into old crime movies or Japanese cinema. Blueprint of Murder is above average and a movie I likely will see again.


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