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Kaoyaku akatsukini shisu (1961)

After a long stint working in Alaska, Jiro returns to his hometown. He soon learns that his father, the town's mayor, was murdered and, in his absence, the yakuza gangs have seized control ... See full summary »

Director:

Kihachi Okamoto

Writers:

Ichirô Ikeda (screenplay), Ei Ogawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûzô Kayama ... Jiro
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki
Yukiko Shimazaki Yukiko Shimazaki
Akihiko Hirata
Kumi Mizuno
Mickey Curtis Mickey Curtis
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru
Kunie Tanaka
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka
Kôji Iwamoto Kôji Iwamoto ... (as Hironobu Wakamoto)
Senkichi Ômura Senkichi Ômura
Hisashi Igawa
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After a long stint working in Alaska, Jiro returns to his hometown. He soon learns that his father, the town's mayor, was murdered and, in his absence, the yakuza gangs have seized control of the town. Jiro quickly becomes dangerously obsessed with finding his father's killer.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 April 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Shots Die at Dawn See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Nothing Special from Toho Studios
30 January 2019 | by tnf50See all my reviews

Big Shots Die at Dawn (1962) Unlike rival studios Nikkatsu and Toei, Toho never had a feel for Yakuza movies. It was like major league MGM vs minor leaguers Columbia and RKO when it came to films noir. Still, the big Japanese studio had a popular stable of contract players and some very big stars. Big Shots Die at Dawn (the bizarre title has nothing to do with the picture) was a vehicle for actor / singer Yûzô Kayama. His career took off with his next picture Daigaku no wakadaishô, the first in the long-running "Young Guy" series. Here, he plays the "black sheep" son of the mayor of a Japanese city. He returns from running forestry services in Alaska to discover his father was assassinated, the old man had married his secretary who is now living in the family mansion and the city has been taken over by two warring Yakuza clans. Kayama proceeds to investigate the murder while alienating the police, the Yakuza and his "mother." Thanks to a clumsy plot, he manages to solve the crime without mussing up his hair. The screenplay by genre specialists Ichirô Ikeda and Ei Ogawa has some nice twists, but lacks drama and excitement. Young director Kihachi Okamoto adds some nice stylistic touches and a little subversive humor to the movie. However, he lacks the flair and intensity of a genre master like Kinji Fukasaku. One of the main problems with Big Shots Die at Dawn is star Kayama. His smart-ass character is pretty hard to like. Well produced, the film benefits from the efforts of familiar supporting actors like Akihiko Hirata and Kunie Tanaka.


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