An unusual blending of elements comes together in this crime story drawn from Japanese history. During the early Meiji period a number of “Dokufu” (Poison Women) committed a significant number of murders. These crimes were most often committed by wives on their husbands in order to be together with their lovers. At that time women were executed in the same manner as men, to wit: by being decapitated. This is the story of the most notorious of all, Takahashi Oden who, in 1879, was the last woman executed by decapitation in Japan.
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Noisy Requiem / Tsuitô no zawameki (1988) Yoshihiko Matsui, Toshihiko Hino, Simon Kumai, Yukiko Murata, Drama
Burai hijô / Heartless (1968) Mio Ezaki, Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Kôji Wada, Hiroshi Nawa, Thriller, Action
Known as one of the pioneers to establish the Nikkatsu “mood action” genre, Mio Ezaki incorporates road movie scenes with a new theme song sung by Tetsuya Watari, bringing a new flare to the third installment of the “Outlaw” series. This film is based on the confessions of ex-gangster Goro Fujita, who also composed the lyrics for the theme song.
Daikanbu – burai / Gangster VIP 2 (1968) Keiichi Ozawa, Tetsuya Watari, Izumi Ashikawa, Eimei Esumi, Jûkei Fujioka, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Wherever he goes, trouble follows Goro like a shadow. Continuing in the storyline of its predecessor, the film begins with Tetsuya Watari heading north to Aomori to make amends for his past wrongdoings. Co-director of the first film, Keiichi Ozawa marks a stunning directorial debut with “Gangster VIP 2”.
Burai barase! / Outlaw: Rub-out! (1969) Keiichi Ozawa, Eiji Gô, Kenji Imai, Chieko Matsubara, Gorô Mutsumi, Crime
New force joins the creators of the “Outlaw” series in this final installment. Hideichi Nagahara, the scenario writer for “A Colt Is My Passport” starring Joe Shishido, co-writes the script with Kanao Ikegami. Although Goro is a known assassin, he has always been against the ways of the yakuza. In “Outlaw Kill!” he deals with the dilemma of living such a lifestyle more than ever: the sacrifices, the time wasted in prison…
Burai kurodosu / Black Dagger (1968) Keiichi Ozawa, Tamio Kawachi, Chieko Matsubara, Kunie Tanaka, Tetsuya Watari, Crime
“Black Dagger” is the fifth successful installment of the “Outlaw” series. This movie premiered in theaters on December 28th 1968, only one month after the release of “Goro the Assassin”. With stop motion visual effects and calm narratives of Tetsuya Watari decorating the fight scenes, this yakuza classic remains as a favorite amongst many Nikkatsu noir fans.
Burai yori daikanbu / Gangster VIP (1968) Toshio Masuda, Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Mitsuo Hamada, Tamio Kawachi, Crime, Drama, Thriller
The film stars Tetsuya Watari who plays Goro, a gangster who was sent to prison for three years for stabbing a hitman (Machida Kyosuke) who belonged to the rival gang called the Aokis. On his release from prison, Goro finds out his gang is in decline and learns that the hitman he stabbed is still alive.
Burai Hitokiri Goro / Goro the Assassin (1968) Keiichi Ozawa, Tatsuya Fuji, Shôki Fukae, Chitose Kobayashi, Crime
To fulfill a prison mate’s dying wish, and to right what is wrong, Goro will kill again. Tetsuya Watari meets his archenemy Shuusuke Shirayama, a rival gangster who also wants to part with the yakuza ways. Keiichi Ozawa returns to direct the fourth part of the “Outlaw” series.
Onna no rekishi / A Woman’s Life (1963) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Drama
Nobuko (Hideko Takamine) is a gentle Japanese woman who endures several ordeals during her adult life in this somber, sentimental drama. She gives birth to a baby boy after she marries the man she loves, but the philandering husband is killed during the war. Nobuko raises her son as a single mother and is heartbroken when he grows up and marries a saloon girl against her wishes. When her son dies in an auto wreck, Nobuko finally accepts her daughter-in-law after learning she will soon have a baby.
Kenkei tai soshiki boryoku / Cops vs. Thugs (1975) Kinji Fukasaku, Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Endô, Seizô Fukumoto, Action, Crime
Acting boss Hirotani of the Ohara gang uses his friendship with corrupt cop Kuno to usurp a staged land deal that rival yakuza gang Kawade had arranged through local politicians. Open warfare erupts between the two gangs.