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A Colt Is My Passport (1967)

Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (original title)
A hit man is hired to kill a mob boss. After the deed is done, he and his driver are wanted dead by rival gangs who joined forces.

Director:

Takashi Nomura

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Shinji Fujiwara (novel), Hideichi Nagahara (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jô Shishido ... Shûji Kamimura (as Joe Shishido)
Jerry Fujio Jerry Fujio ... Shun Shiozaki
Chitose Kobayashi Chitose Kobayashi ... Mina
Ryôtarô Sugi Ryôtarô Sugi ... Successor to Shimazu
Kanjûrô Arashi Kanjûrô Arashi ... Shimazu
Shôki Fukae Shôki Fukae ... Funaki
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Senzaki
Jun Hongô Jun Hongô ... Kaneko
Akio Miyabe Akio Miyabe ... Miyoshi
Toyoko Takechi Toyoko Takechi ... Otatsu
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Otawara
Asao Uchida Asao Uchida ... Tsugawa
Zekô Nakamura Zekô Nakamura ... Apartment receptionist
Kôjirô Kusanagi Kôjirô Kusanagi ... Hit man
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Barge captain
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The melancholy, homely Kamimura is a hit man who takes a job to kill a mob boss who's gotten greedy. The rival gang lord who hires Kamimura and his driver Shun pays them and sets them up in a hotel for a night while arranging safe passage on a ship. The son of the dead man comes to his rival and offers a partnership and cash in exchange for Kamimura's death. The boss considers his choice: morals or money? A maid at the hotel tries to aid the escape of Kamimura and Shun. As the two gangs close in, Kamimura chooses honor. Will his stoicism be his shroud? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 February 1967 (Japan) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Entertaining trans-cultural fusion noir with a great title
11 May 2018 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

Like most of the other reviewers, I was struck by the similarities between this Japanese crime thriller, clearly modeled after 1950's American film noir, and Sergio Leone's iconic 'spaghetti' westerns. Briefly, hitman Shuji Kamimura (Joe Shishido) and his assistant Shun Shiozaki (Jerry Fujio) are hired to assassinate a yakusa boss only to be betrayed by their employer. On the run, they hole up in a seedy hotel, where Kamimura attracts the eye of former mob moll Mina (Chitose Kobayashi) who agrees to user her connections in the local merchant fleet to help them escape. The mob closes in and Kamimura has to make some tough decisions. Joe Shishido is very good in an atypical way as the impassive contract killer, as is the rest of the cast (especially Kobayashi), and the story moves along at a brisk pace to a satisfyingly bloody conclusion. The black and white cinematography is striking and, while the look is pure noir, the score is an unusual (but effective) mix of discordant jazz (typical of period crime thrillers) and music that is clearly an imitation of (or homage to) Ennio Marricione's iconic spaghetti-western themes. The climatic shoot-out, despite being fought between dapper Japanese gangsters, could have come from a '60's anti-hero western, with a stark landfill site substituting for the desert and choreographed gunplay featuring a variety of weapons and a number of ways to die. This was my introduction to the Japanese crime film (having run out of kaiju and tokusatsu films) and I was equally entertained and impressed and look forward to watching other films in the canon (many of which, I have noticed, have equally evocative titles).


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