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7/10
Nifty
slaytonbourdon14 August 2011
Crackerjack black comedy showcasing early development of Imamura's style. A group of would-be criminals team up with an ambitious woman to tunnel under a business and rob it. Their descent into the (literal) underworld is played out with a noirish style that pokes fun at the genre while using it in incredibly effective ways, and the editing rhythms that develop are uncommon for the late 50s and have more in common with early-60s Suzuki. Misako Watanabe (who isn't on the IMDb cast list) is the standout in a really dynamic performance as the vicious femme fatale. Still, this is minor Imamura, will be of great interest to his fans but is still very effective as a comedy-thriller and will appeal to casual viewers also.
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7/10
A grim humorous tale of twisted relationships
maple-28 December 2007
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On the tenth anniversary of Japan's WWII surrender, a motley group of five, four men and one woman, gathers in the basement of a butcher shop to dig up a cache of morphine buried during the war. A grimly humorous tale of twisted relationships as one by one each of the group is eliminated. This early gangster film foreshadows similar tangled relationships in Shohei Imamura's later films. I do not have much more to say, but I liked the movie enough to write a comment even though I cannot fill up all of the 10 lines required by IMDb So I do not have much more to say, but I liked the movie enough to write a comment even though I cannot fill up all of the 10 lines required by IMDb
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4/10
An endlessly disappointing film from a great director.
bkmontgomery-8386219 May 2019
This movie, which borrows the basic scenario from an obscure 1930's film staring Edward G Robinson. It attempts to be a screwball comedy, a noir, a will-they-won't-they romance and a drama. It fails to be satisfying in any of those categories.

The majority of the first hour left me bored, which is the worst sin in cinema. The movie picked up towards the end and became more enjoyable.

Would I judge this movie more lightly if it was by a lesser director? Probably, but I still wouldn't enjoy it. If you haven't seen an Imamura flick, check out The Pigs and Battleships instead.
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