Cruel Gun Story

Japan | 1964 | 87 Minutes | Takumi Furukawa

SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Jô Shishido, the chubby-cheeked superstar of Japanese noir, toplines the crown jewel from Nikkatsu, the studio responsible for the country's best crime films. Smart-mouthed Togawa (Shishido), contentedly doing time for taking vengeance on the man who paralyzed his sister, is sprung from jail by a gangster who wants him to boost 120-million yen from an armored car following the Japan Derby. Only his benefactor isn't telling Togawa everything. The title doesn't lie: there's cruelty and guns galore and a finish that's almost apocalyptic.

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  • Original Language Title: Kenjû zankoku monogatari
  • Director: Takumi Furukawa
  • Principal Cast: Jô Shishido, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawaji
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1964
  • Running Time: 87 Minutes
  • Producer: Hideo Sasai
  • Screenplay: Hisataka Kai, Haruhiko Ôyabu
  • Cinematographers: Saburô Isayama
  • Editors: Masanori Tsujii
  • Music: Masayoshi Ikeda
  • Language: Japanese