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The Japanese Yakuza AKA Nihon kyôkaku-den (1964) Masahiro Makino, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ken Takakura, Minoru Ôki
A timber merchant and haulage firm in late 19th century Tokyo is in trouble. Read More »
The Chivalrous Life AKA Kyokotsu ichidai (1967) Masahiro Makino, Ken Takakura, Sumiko Fuji, Minoru Ôki
This is yet another ninkyô yakuza film that seems to be (unconsciously?) trying to deal Read More »
Gokuaku bôzu: nenbutsu hitokiri tabi AKA Wicked Priest 3 (1969) Takashi Harada, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Minoru Ôki, Bunta Sugawara
Shinkai comes to the aid of a coastal village being held hostage by a group of political revolutionaries. Read More »
Shogun Assassin (1980) Robert Houston, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Action, Adventure
Long ago there was a great samurai warrior who served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun however grew paranoid as he became more and more senile. Read More »
Kurotokage / Black Lizard (1962) Umetsugu Inoue, Machiko Kyô, Minoru Ôki, Junko Kanô, Crime, Drama, Musical
Kurotokage (1962, aka Black Lizard) has its origins in a 1934 detective novel – originally published as a magazine serial – by Edogawa Rampo, the pen name of writer Taro Hirai. (“Edogawa Rampo” was meant to mimic the pronunciation of “Edgar Allan Poe,” a writer Hirai greatly admired.) The novel was one of a series that Rampo wrote about the exploits of detective Akechi Kogoro; in this one, he meets his match in a master jewel thief and femme fatale named Black Lizard, with whom he engages in a cat-and-mouse story as he falls under her charms.
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Harikomi / Stakeout (1958) Yoshitarô Nomura, Minoru Ôki, Takahiro Tamura, Seiji Miyaguchi, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Two detectives begin a stakeout based on the slim chance of catching a murderer whom they suspect will try to reunite with an old flame.
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