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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

Writers:

Shinji Fujiwara (novel), Hideichi Nagahara (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 »

Also Known As:

A Colt Is My Passport See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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If Sergio Leone Had Been Japanese....
9 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Imagine, if you will, that instead of making westerns, Sergio Leone had decided to make crime thrillers on the model of RIFIFI, but set in Japan. That's something like what you get here. Jô Shishido is a hit man hired to kill a rival crime boss muscling in on other territory. While waiting for his flight out of town, the dead man's son shows up and offers to make a deal for the assassin's head. Jules Dassin might want us to think there is honor among thieves, but Leone never would, and neither does the director of this movie, Takashi Nomura.

It had a deliberately 1950s 'B' movie look, with its b&w photography and "stolen shot" camerawork, but the constantly moving camerawork and stunt gags are clear signs that this is serious film making.... and talented, too; Nomura is not that well known, but this is a good flick. Harumi Ibe's soundtrack starts out sounding like Morricone, but then switches to jazz arrangements for the crime story.


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