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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

Version of Kurotokage (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Two-part Invention No.4 in D Minor BWV.775
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Why such a high rating???
6 April 2005 | by telematicSee all my reviews

I watched this movie yesterday after seeing all the great comments from everyone and the high rating, but I must say I was very disappointed. It is not a comedy, it has some funny scenes but it's not a funny movie, the transvestite actor had very little woman skills looking more like a drag-queen, it could have been a lot more specially since it was directed by one of the masters but it failed to deliver. The story had flaws and the only humour in the movie was due to the fact that the characters were stupid. I think this movie should have been a Japanese pink-panther kind of movie.

This is the first Kinji movie that I watch and would not recommend. I'll give it 5/10. (not bad but not worth the time if you have other options)


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