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Nikkatsu Noir (Eclipse Series 17)

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From the late 1950s through the sixties, wild, idiosyncratic crime movies were the brutal and boisterous business of Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan. In an effort to attract youthful audiences growing increasingly accustomed to American and French big-screen imports, Nikkatsu began producing action potboilers (mukokuseki akushun, or "borderless action") that incorporated elements of the western, comedy, gangster, and teen-rebel genres. This bruised and bloody collection represents a standout cross section of what Nikkatsu had to offer, from such prominent, stylistically daring directors as Seijun Suzuki, Toshio Masuda, and Takashi Nomura.

I AM WAITING (Ore wa matteru ze)
Yujiro Ishihara is an ex-boxer roped into the criminal underworld when he falls for a mysterious young woman (Mie Kitahara) fleeing her gangster boss.

RUSTY KNIFE (Sabita knife)
Best friends (Ishihara and Akira Kobayashi) trying to go straight after a youth of crime are tracked down to testify against former associates in a murder trial.

TAKE AIM AT THE POLICE VAN (Sono gososha o nerae)
A prison guard metes out his own brand of justice when he goes in search of the criminals who put his job—and the lives of those he was guarding—on the line.

CRUEL GUN STORY (Kenju zankoku monogatari)
Japanese cinema's tough guy extraordinaire Joe Shishido (Branded to Kill) coolly plays a thief who's released from jail and pulled into a tricky plot to hold up an armored car.

A COLT IS MY PASSPORT (Colt wa ore no passport)
Shishido returns, this time as a hit man hired by yakuza to rub out a rival gang's boss, only to be betrayed and targeted by both sides. Colt culminates in one of cinema's most visually audacious shoot-outs.

Details

Country:United States
Year:0000
Format:DVD
Barcode:715515049719
Region: 
Released:25th August 2009
Discs:1 discBoxset
MSRP:69.95 (USD)
Studio:Unknown
Distributor:The Criterion Collection
Genre:Action
Rating:
Not yet rated!

Boxset Contents

I Am Waiting / Rusty Knife / Take Aim At The Police Van / Cruel Gun Story / A Colt is My Passport

Subtitles

English

Audio

JapaneseDolby DigitalMono

Video

1.33:1NTSCB&W
2.35:1Anamorphic WidescreenNTSCB&W
16:9Anamorphic WidescreenNTSCB&W
Submitted by dvdcount on 3rd November 2009. Cover by coyoteblue.
Last updated by coyoteblue on 13th November 2009 at 5:44pm (update history)
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