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Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963)

Kutabare akutô-domo - Tantei jimusho 23 (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 27 January 1963 (Japan)
Police detective Tajima, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a blood-bath. Suzuki transforms a colorful pot-boiler into an on-target send-up of cultural colonialism and post-war greed.

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Seijun Suzuki

Writers:

Iwao Yamazaki (screenplay), Haruhiko Ôyabu (author)
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Credited cast:
Jô Shishido ... Hideo Tajima (as Joe Shishido)
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Manabe
Reiko Sassamori Reiko Sassamori ... Chiaki
Nobuo Kaneko ... Inspector Kumagai
Kinzô Shin Kinzô Shin ... Hatano
Naomi Hoshi Naomi Hoshi ... Sally
Asao Sano Asao Sano ... Father Tajima
Yûko Kusunoki Yûko Kusunoki ... Misa
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Irie
Hiroshi Hijikata Hiroshi Hijikata ... Horiuchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kensuke Akashi Kensuke Akashi
Hiroshi Chiyoda Hiroshi Chiyoda
Hiroshi Chô Hiroshi Chô
Hyôe Enoki Hyôe Enoki
Tatsuya Hamaguchi Tatsuya Hamaguchi
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Police detective Tajima, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a blood-bath. Suzuki transforms a colorful pot-boiler into an on-target send-up of cultural colonialism and post-war greed.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 January 1963 (Japan) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.45 : 1
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Yet another Suzuku film that stars a human squirrel!
30 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have no idea why, but Japanese actor Jô Shishido apparently had plastic surgery in order to give him squirrel-like cheeks (you know--filled with acorns)!! This is according to IMDb and I have wondered why he would do this and why the director would keep starring this odd man in his films. I assume Suzuki just had some sort of cheek fetish! Regardless, it's pretty weird.

The film begins with some Yakuza (Japanese mobsters) being viciously gunned down during an illegal transaction of guns. Who did this is unknown--and a private detective (Mr. Squirrel) offers to solve the crime if the cops pay him and give him a new identity. Apparently there is another guy who is a mobster and part-time chipmunk, so they give him fake i.d. for that guy and agree to the rest of his terms. I didn't realize that cops accepted freelance commissions! The film, quite honestly, then gets a little confusing--something I noticed in other Suzuki films. But, the style is so cool and the story so full of neat little twists, that I didn't terribly mind. I am not sure why, but they cast a deliberately bad actress who apparently talks through her nose and dresses like a man as Squirrel-boy's assistant. Why?! I guess it's just another weird touch in a generally weird film. Another thing you do need to say about this film is that it has fantastic music--very 1960s and very cool. It's sort of like James Bond music, cool jazz and Beach movie music combined! And in addition, there are some very kooky music numbers in nightclubs that you just have to see. Weird and fun.


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