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A Fugitive from the Past (1965)

Kiga kaikyô (original title)
Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

Director:

Tomu Uchida

Writers:

Naoyuki Suzuki (screenplay), Tsutomu Minakami (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Takichi Inukai aka Kyôichirô Tarumi
Sachiko Hidari ... Yae Sugito
Kôji Mitsui ... Motojima
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Yae's Father
Sadako Sawamura Sadako Sawamura ... Motojima's Wife
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Police Chief
Akiko Kazami Akiko Kazami ... Toshiko
Seiichirô Kameishi Seiichirô Kameishi
Shûsuke Sone Shûsuke Sone ... Owner of Asahi Spa
Mitsuo Andô Mitsuo Andô ... Chûkichi Kijima
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto ... Priest
Shôken Sawa Shôken Sawa
Tadashi Suganuma Tadashi Suganuma ... Detective Satô
Sachi Shindô Sachi Shindô ... Yumisaka's Wife
Yuriko Anjô Yuriko Anjô ... Tokiko Katsuragi
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Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fugitive from the Past See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company, Toei Tokyo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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all that and a bag of chips
19 January 2006 | by dailiesSee all my reviews

This just ran at MoMA's extraordinary survey of films from the Japan Film Institute, and it was one of the best in the series. A real eye opener--previous commenters nailed it. Definitely makes you want to explore the director's other work. Fits in that uniquely Japanese genre of the whodunnit where the process of detection requires travel throughout the country and specifics of local cultures and habits--so the travelogue is half the fascination. Getting a young Ken Takakura plus Rentaro Mikuni in the same picture is extra added bonus. If you like later films of this type such as *Castle of Sand* or *Vengeance Is Mine*, you'll like this one.


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