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Keisatsukan (1933)

Fatalistic silent film-noir cop drama.


Tomu Uchida


Toshihiko Takeda (story), Eizo Yamauchi


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Cast overview:
Eiji Nakano Eiji Nakano ... Tetsuo Tomioka
Isamu Kosugi Isamu Kosugi ... Itami - a police officer
Taisuke Matsumoto Taisuke Matsumoto ... Miyabe Keikan
Sôji Ubukata Sôji Ubukata ... Police officer Hashimoto (as Ippei Ubukata)
Shinobu Araki Shinobu Araki ... Chief of police Oshima
Kenji Asada Kenji Asada ... Judiciary chief
Shizuko Mori Shizuko Mori ... Tazuko
Tamako Katsura Tamako Katsura ... Emiko
Isao Kitaoka Isao Kitaoka ... Younger brother Shinichi
Matsuko Miho Matsuko Miho ... Mother Tamiko
Hirotoshi Murata Hirotoshi Murata ... Yamamura (as Kôju Murata)


Fatalistic silent film-noir cop drama.

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30 November 1933 (Japan) See more »

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Policeman See more »

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cop buddy vs commie buddy
8 December 2007 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

This is a late silent film by Ichida, whose recent retrospective at Cinematheque Ontario seemed to herald another lost master, although I have testimony to the contrary. This is the only one I saw, his sole surviving silent. It tells of the repeatedly crossing paths of two old pals - one the titular policeman, the other a mastermind of Japan's communist underworld. There's beautiful compositions and memorable scenes and images, mixed in among the failed stuff - one brief, solitary scene suddenly gets all Underground with cityscape nervously juxtaposed with chain link fence, then it's back to the linear stuff like nothing happened. What I will remember, though, is the way the action-packed climax is interlaced with title cards to the effect of, "The only way to be a good cop is to understand that you were given your mission by GOD!" Someone should have given a co-writer credit to the Minister of Information.

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