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Kenju zankoku monogatari (Cruel Gun Story)

Posted by martinteller on February 13, 2010

A really stunning heist-gone-wrong flick, very much in the vein of The Killing (right down to the racetrack setting) and The Asphalt Jungle.  It’s a blast.  Furukawa keeps things cooking the whole time, loading the film with dramatic angles, exciting sequences, and double-crosses galore.  My only beef would be that he’s all too eager to blame Japan’s problems on others… besides the multiple references to the presence of the American military, it’s implied that the protagonist became a bad guy because his parents were killed by the Chinese.  I found this rather distasteful considering what actually happened between China and Japan.  Besides this somewhat xenophobic subtext, however, I really enjoyed it.  I’ve been buying WAY too many DVDs lately, but I think the “Nikkatsu Noir” set will eventually end up in my collection: Take Aim at the Police Van was a bit disappointing, but the other three are pretty good.  Rating: 9


One Response to “Kenju zankoku monogatari (Cruel Gun Story)”

  1. […] 48. Cruel Gun Story (1964, Takumi Furukawa) […]

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