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Black Lizard (1968)

Kuro tokage (original title)
Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's... See full summary »

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Rampo Edogawa (novel), Yukio Mishima (stage adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Akihiro Miwa Akihiro Miwa ... Black Lizard (as Akihiro Maruyama)
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Detective Akechi
Kikko Matsuoka Kikko Matsuoka ... Sanaye
Jun Usami Jun Usami ... Shobei Iwasa (as Junya Usami)
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Junichi Amamiya
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Private Detective Keiji Matoba
Toshiko Kobayashi Toshiko Kobayashi ... Hina
Sônosuke Oda Sônosuke Oda ... Harada
Kinji Hattori Kinji Hattori ... Toyama
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Ôkawa
Jun Kato Jun Kato ... Sakai
Ryuji Funakoshi Ryuji Funakoshi ... Kozu
Mitsuko Takara Mitsuko Takara ... Show Dancer
Tetsurô Tanba
Yukio Mishima ... Human statue
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Storyline

Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's expensive "Star of Egypt" diamond. To thwart the planned kidnapping, the jeweler hires Japan's number one detective, the brilliant Akechi. This sets off a dual between Black Lizard and Akechi as each tries to outwit the other. In the process, the two adversaries develop a mutual respect and affection for each other. Despite Akechi's efforts, Black Lizard and her crew are able to kidnap Sanaye and gain possession of the "Star of Egypt". Black Lizard takes Sanaye to her secret lair on a remote island which is populated by an eerie collection of naked human dolls. There Black Lizard plans to preserve Sanaye's beauty forever by turning her into one of her dolls. As Sanaye's doom quickly approaches, it is up to Akechi to save the day. Written by <frye@siservices.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Lizard See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Black Rose (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Two-part Invention No.4 in D Minor BWV.775
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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So much, much more than a black snake with legs!!!
25 June 1999 | by mrpentaxSee all my reviews

The most purely entertaining and amusing film I have seen in a long time. The dialogue between the two antithetically engaged principal characters reflects their exactly opposite ethics, and at the same time, their clearest view of each others thinking. Their well matched genius creates plot, foil, and counter-foil, throughout the film. I almost never watch a film twice. This one, I can't wait to see again.


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