The Last Gunfight (1960)

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Japanese police detective Saburo Fujioka is suspected of corruption, demoted, and sent to the city of Kojin. Kojin is the scene of fierce fighting between rival gangs. Fujioka is assigned ... See full summary »


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1 May 2016 | searchanddestroy-1
Tremendous Japanese crime movie.
I am a big Japanese Yakuza films lover, although not being a great specialist. I only love this kind of features. But that's the first time I see a crime film from the Rising Sun country starring Toshiro Mifune and Koji Tsuruta. I would have imagined Takakura Ken, Bunta Sugawara, Noburu Ando or Tetsua Watari as well...This film would have pleased to Jean-Pierre Melville. I mean the scheme: a manhood friendship between a cop and a gangster, played here by Tsuruta Koji. But, of course, Melville would have made such a movie in a different way, without humor touch, I mean. I am also surprised that such an early sixties film was shot in color. I have always been fond of Tsuruta. Here,his character is very interesting. But this crime film is definitely not a pure Yakuza one, although you have gangsters. Actually, it looks like a western topic set in a modern Japanese crime feature atmosphere. The untouchable vet cop - or sheriff - and the good gangster - outlaw - seeking revenge for the murder of his wife. You'll also here a film noir influence, with night clubs and cabaret songs sequences. And a brutal shooting scene takes place in a western scenery bar. So, to summarize, a predictable movie, but not so much if you compare to many other Japanese films from this period.

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3 January 1960



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