Cruel gun story

Cruel gun story

Kenju zankoku monogatari

DVD - 2009 | Japanese
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A convict fresh out of prison is coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing an armored car heist.
Publisher: New York : Criterion Collection, 2009.
ISBN: 9781604652017
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Cruel
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm.
Language Note: In Japanese with English subtitles.


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Feb 10, 2011

This Japanese gangster story has a lot of style, apparently typical of the Nikkatsu film studio that produced a number of these movies. Filmed in 1964 in black and white. A cool jazz soundtrack is perfect for these cool hoods. They wear sunglasses during gun battles and while making their escape through sewers. Offhand shots hit every target, while those carefully aimed miss every time. Check out how Jo Shishido smokes that cigarette.
Worth noting is that Quentin Tarentino has referenced these Nikkatsu movies in every movie he has made.

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