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Intimidation (1960)

Aru kyôhaku (original title)
A bank manager is blackmailed into robbing his own bank.

Director:

Koreyoshi Kurahara

Writers:

Osamu Kawase (screenplay), Kyô Takigawa (original story) (as Kyo Takigawa)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Matakichi Nakaike
Nobuo Kaneko Nobuo Kaneko ... Kyosuke Takita
Mari Shiraki Mari Shiraki ... Umeha
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Nozaki
Kôjirô Kusanagi Kôjirô Kusanagi ... Shinji Kumaki
Yôko Kosono Yôko Kosono ... Kumiko
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Ono
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki
Reiko Arai Reiko Arai
Norikatsu Hanamura Norikatsu Hanamura
Nobuo Kawakami Nobuo Kawakami
Shôji Kawamura Shôji Kawamura
Kenji Kawatani Kenji Kawatani
Toshizô Kudô Toshizô Kudô
Kaneyuki Mizutani Kaneyuki Mizutani
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Storyline

A bank manager is blackmailed into robbing his own bank.

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Genres:

Action | Crime

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 March 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimidation See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Intimidation (1960)
4 December 2015 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

Based on a story by Kyo Takigawa, the 65-minute crime flick Intimidation (1960) is often referred to as the first Japanese film noir, but the very same director, Koreyoshi Kurahara, made a noir film titled I Am Waiting three years prior so we can safely say that this isn't the case. So, while Intimidation might not have big historical importance in the film world, it's a fine film on its own.

Despite its short running time, the film is heavy on character backstories and there really are no wasted moments - every scene is here for a reason. It's a pocket noir tale which intermingles the situations faced by a corrupt bank manager blackmailed to rob his own bank and his timid underling (played by Ko Nishimura, a face probably familiar to you if you've seen a few old Japanese films) who got screwed over by the manager in terms of career and family life. There are twists and turns at every corner, and I also really like the bank robbery scene, conducted in absolute silence. Also, where can I get one of those floral clocks?


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