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Mastermind (1969)

Zero Mostel plays an inspector on the trail of criminals who have captured a robot called Chatze (sp?) played by Felix Sillas. The inspector has delusions that he is a great Samurai warrior... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Inspector Hoku Ichihara
Keiko Kishi Keiko Kishi ... Nikki Kono
Gawn Grainger Gawn Grainger ... Nigel Crouchback
Bradford Dillman ... Jabez Link
Jules Munshin ... Israeli Agent #1
Furankî Sakai ... Captain Yamada
Sorrell Booke ... Max Engstrom
Zaldy Zshornack ... Officer Abe
Felix Silla ... Schatzi
Phil Leeds ... Israeli Agent #2
Kichi Taki Kichi Taki ... The Monk
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Mr. Hiruta
Chikako Natsumi Chikako Natsumi ... Yoko Hara
Larry Ohashi Larry Ohashi ... Police Commissioner
Masanobu Wada Masanobu Wada ... Hori


Zero Mostel plays an inspector on the trail of criminals who have captured a robot called Chatze (sp?) played by Felix Sillas. The inspector has delusions that he is a great Samurai warrior and the movie flashes back and forth between present day and ancient times. Written by Jamie Bone

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12 August 1969 (Japan) See more »

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A lángelme See more »

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A May 1970 release date was planned for the film, but it was never released in theatres; it was released on home video in 1999. See more »

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Completely unfunny comedy
27 December 2018 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This obscure comedy was made in 1969, but shelved for 7 years before getting a limited theatrical release, and remained quite hard to see afterwards before earlier this year getting a release on DVD and Blu-ray. Seeing the movie, it's easy to see why there wasn't exactly a demand for it to be widely available. Even given the different attitudes when this movie was made, it's still pretty insulting to see a Caucasian actor made up to look like an Asian and act in a very stereotypical Asian manner. Quite possibly the movie could have been made palatable had it been funny, but it's quite the opposite. There are NO laughs to be found in the movie. Certainly, the gags based on stereotypes aren't funny, but the gags that are slapstick or any other nature fall flat as well. There is absolutely no comic energy (or any other kind of energy) in the movie, and as a result the movie threatens to put viewers in a trance when it's not being insulting. Also, the movie's interiors have a cheap untheatrical look akin to Hollywood television productions of the era. The only reason why I am not giving the movie the lowest possible rating is the few minutes of interesting exterior footage of 1969 Kyoto.

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