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Black Test Car (1962)

Yasuzo Masumura  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Yasuzo Masumura
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • New Digital Widescreen Transfer (2.35:1), Enhanced for 16x9
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo and still gallery
  • Yasuzo Masumura Biography and Filmography

Editorial Reviews

It's industrial spy vs. industrial spy when rival car companies roll out their latest test models. Frenzied boardroom meetings ensue while trade secrets are revealed in the backroom and in the bedroom. Careers are made and ruined and souls are bought and sold for the slightest competitive edge. Japanese New Wave Master Yasuzo Masumura's darkly hilarious satire of the Japanese auto industry takes industrial espionage to James Bond-ian heights of deceit, blackmail and mayhem. Fantoma is proud to present BLACK TEST CAR for the first time in the U.S., uncut and in its original DaieiScope aspect ratio.
Bonus Features
  • New Digital Widescreen Transfer (2.35:1)
  • Enhanced For 16X9 TVs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo And Still Gallery
  • Yasuzo Masumura Biography And Filmography

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Very good movie. If you are looking to get into 60-70's Japanese Cinema, or if you are already a fan, this is the perfect movie. What could be a better backdrop for a thrilling drama than the cut-throat automotive industry of Japan in the 1960's.

Black Test Car is parked in a very good spot within 60's Japanese Cinema, right between the simple and entertaining but intellectually shallow monster and yakuza movies, and the complex and sophisticated yet sometimes lofty and sleepy art movies of the time. It has action, drama, plot twists, and intriguing characters and emotion. Can't really say much more. Don't miss it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take that Toyota! (spoilerless review) June 3, 2012
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Many people don't believe that industrial espionage exists, or that if it does, that it's on a very small scale and not that big of a deal. While a fictitious 1960's era Japanese movie may not change that perception, "Black Test Car's" foray into that world will leave many people wondering how many car problems are based on internal coverups versus competitive sabotage. The media driven fury, ruined lives, and bankrupted companies highlighted here are akin to Toyota's stuck gas pedals, the Pinto's exploding tank, Nader's Corsair, and the "failures" of the Hudson abd Edsel. Before the advent of computers there was not much more of a cut-throat industial world than the automotive industry, although now that computers are merging with cars maybe there is still much left to be seen.

"Black Test Car" was directed by Yasuzo Masumura, who seemingly cranked out as many films in Japan as Ford pushed cars off the assembly line. The movie also seems to be a remake of sorts of his previous film, "Giants & Toys", which dealt with corporate espionage in the world of candy confectionary of all things. That film was shot in color with some comedic elements, although the message and effect of both movies was the same. "Black Test Car", shot in black and white with nary a reason to crack a smile throughout, seems like it may have been made at the suggestion of studio exec to make a more gritty, noir like version with the same concept and elements. Having seen both, I don't think "Black Test Car" suffers from that self-plagiarism in any manner (really, there is nothing new under the sun anyways). If anything, it may be better in that Masumura refined and built upon "Giants", making a more complex, harder to figure out story that works on many levels, including as a "who done it".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure treasure for car fans October 9, 2009
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I read about this movie many years ago, and was delighted to be able to order it. For car fans, auto industry followers, and even noir afficionados, it's a must-have.

The early Sixties skinny-tie styles are perfect period, and the strains as the Japanese auto industry heaves itself mightily into competition with the rest of the world ring true. Plus it's just way fun to watch.

Totally worth it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Potent Now as in 1962, Very Direct and To the Point October 27, 2007
Corporate spys, and such, all as vicious and real today, as potrayed in the film. Great movie, and the extras are good too.This is a fun movie, that can't be paused or stopped.
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