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Kanzenna yûgi (1958)

A group of five college students decide to jinx a bicycle race in their favor and claim the money to pay off their debts, but when the illegal bookie cannot pay, they take up his offer of "... See full summary »

Director:

Toshio Masuda

Writers:

Shintarô Ishihara (story), Yoshio Shirasaka (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Janitor at bank
Izumi Ashikawa Izumi Ashikawa ... Kyôko Matsui
Ryôji Hayama Ryôji Hayama ... Tetsutarô Matsui
Akira Kobayashi ... Sôji Ôki
Ikunosuke Koizumi Ikunosuke Koizumi ... examiner A
Someshô Matsumoto Someshô Matsumoto ... Toramatsu - boss
Shôsei Mutô Shôsei Mutô ... Okitsu
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Kazu Tomita
Mari Shiraki Mari Shiraki ... Mama at 'Mon cheri'
Yukihiko Sugi Yukihiko Sugi ... Moneylender student
Yumi Takano Yumi Takano ... Matsui's mother
Kaku Takashina Kaku Takashina ... Man at velodrome
Yasukiyo Umeno Yasukiyo Umeno ... Toda
Kaoru Yamamoto Kaoru Yamamoto ... Old woman at boardinghouse
Shirô Yanase Shirô Yanase ... Akitani
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A group of five college students decide to jinx a bicycle race in their favor and claim the money to pay off their debts, but when the illegal bookie cannot pay, they take up his offer of "collateral" as revenge and complexities begin to unravel and ruin their scheme. Written by norma-desmond

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 November 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfect Game See more »

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Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Toda: It's already 10:00. You stay awake, you do bad things.
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A good movie about Japanese teenage delinquents
1 January 2014 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

I caught this on Criterion's channel on Hulu without knowing anything about it. A group of five morally-challenged college students come up with a "perfect" plot to rip off an illegal bookie. Of course, as always happens in movies like this, something goes wrong and things quickly spin out of control. During the 1950's Japan made a number of movies in the "sun tribe" genre. (The most famous is Crazed Fruit which is also available from Criterion.) Sun Tribe movies are different from regular delinquent movies in that the delinquents were from affluent families. These movies gave audiences a chance to cluck their tongues at the excesses of the rich and the general worthlessness of the young generation. This movie is a solid example of the genre as the characters cut class, drink, sponge money off of people and generally drift toward a life of crime. The performances are good as is the story. It may not be as exciting as contemporary crime movies, but it had a couple moments of genuine suspense and it kept my interest all of the way through.


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