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Never Give Up (1978)

Yasei no shômei (original title)
A Japanese Warrior leaves the secretive battalion he is apart of. As a skilled soldier, he confronts evil and serves his people.

Director:

Jun'ya Satô

Writers:

Seiichi Morimura (novel), Kôji Takada
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Takakura ... Takeshi Ajisawa
Ryôko Nakano Ryôko Nakano ... Tomoko Ochi / Misako
Hiroko Yakushimaru Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Yoriko Nagai
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Kazunari Ohba
Isao Natsuyagi ... Detective Kitano
Takahiro Tamura ... Urakawa, pressman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Anderson ... US Green Beret Officer
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida ... Sakamoto, head of the Defense Agency
Kai Atô Kai Atô
Moeko Ezawa Moeko Ezawa ... Hiromi, Bar hostess
Hajime Hana Hajime Hana ... Lieutenant Muranaga
Tatsuo Ito Tatsuo Ito
Nobuo Kaneko ... Head of Mizoguchi City
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Kiyo Matsushita
Hiroshi Kondô Hiroshi Kondô
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A Japanese Warrior leaves the secretive battalion he is apart of. As a skilled soldier, he confronts evil and serves his people.

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yakuza | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Crime

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 October 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Falsa Acusação See more »

Filming Locations:

Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan See more »

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Mostly A Very Absorbing Action Drama
20 September 2010 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This film stars Ken Takakura as Ajisawa, a firmer member of the Special Forces, now a life insurance salesman. There was a massacre in a rural village in Japan, and Ajisawa ends up adopting the only survivor, Yoriko (a young Hiroko Yakushimaru). She has amnesia but can also has a sixth sense of dangerous things just ahead. Her memory slowly returns. The local government wants Ajisawa dead, and you begin to understand why. Among the questions about this enigmatic figure you have to ask yourself is, did he commit the massacre, thereby killing Yoriko's parents? This film has that psychological intent to it, and there are moments of violence. About the only criticism I have is that its a bit too long, but it still keeps your interest. For lovers of the kind of action drama that eventually spawned Rambo, but this film is just as much about story as action. Stay with it, I think you'll like it. The acting is uniformly good.


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