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The plot is pure noir goodness, a complicated stewpot of intrigues. Two gangsters comit a daring diamond robbery. One, Mihara, is permanently maimed, one, Miyamoto, goes to jail. Fresh from jail, the Miyamoto wants to donate his share of the diamonds to Mihara, so he can retire peacefully. Their former gang boss, Oyane, thinks that is a pretty bad idea and wants the diamonds for himself. Mihara swallows the diamonds before being killed, and goes to the morgue with a belly full of treasure. Enter his sister Akiko, the titular underworld beauty. Her corrupt artist boyfriend cuts the diamonds from her brother's body, and then attempts a sale to Oyane. Miyamoto intervenes to protect both Akiko and restore the diamonds to her.
The diamonds, of course, are a classic McGuffin, leading the dangerous characters into conflict. Miyamoto is a hard-boiled anti-hero, tough as nails and a cool head in any situation. Akiko is gorgeous, both wild and innocent she is one minute frustrating and the next endearing. The actors for these lead characters are excellent, giving solid performances. Suzuki sets the climax in a sculptor's studio, allowing for body parts and mannequins to obfuscate the action as bullets go flying. (Bullets spat from the single most unrealistic machine gun I have ever seen!Read more ›
What grabs me about this particular film is not its standard 'Yakuza/crime' narrative, but it's visual concept of Tokyo 1950's nightclubs and sexuality.
The film is worth purchasing just for seeing the artist/Gangster reading an English (French) novel at a Yakuza meeting.
Plus extra star for the soundtrack which is wonderful.
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Cover is misleading. She doesn't do much other than get drunk, cry and rely on "old man" to carry the story. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Foul Pet
Visionary Japanese Director Suzuki Seijun got pretty far out there later in his career. But this 1950's Yakuza flick should be pretty accessible by most audiences. Read morePublished on May 30, 2007 by telecaster62