A very similar plot (almost a sequel) to the other feature Ichikawa starred in for Mori that same year called ' A Certain Killer'. This is also surprisingly short but well made plot where an assassin is hired to kill a politician only to get screwed over by the characters who hired him. He seeks revenge on not only those who double crossed him but looks to punish the person who started the whole sequence of events too. A very short run time coming in at just about 80 minutes but it doesn't waste a single frame in the compositions or the performances.
An easily overlooked feature written by Akira Kurosawa about a fight choreographer whose entire life is devoted to his form, his wife and drinking. Only for some reason the top two items are constantly in rotation so there's always one thing that gets left out. The very nature of Kurosawa's scripts tend to lean on the characteristics of a persons focus and this one treats the centerpiece of the story with as much respect and nuance as any of his…
Harry Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky to write the script, which is based on a novel of the same name by William P. McGivern. Blacklisted in those years, Polonsky had to use a front and John O. Killens was credited. (Polonsky's screenwriting credit was restored in 1996 to his own name.)
The plot revolves around David Burke (Ed Begley) who is a former policeman who was ruined when he refused to cooperate with state crime investigators. He has asked Earl Slater…
In the swing of the early gangster pictures Cagney was king and Bogart was by no means of the same stature yet but having these two play off each other in what would be one of the finest takes on the period after the fact. This movie has pretty much everything you could ask for and visually it's perhaps the richest of photographed films I've seen from the period. The cinematographer Ernest Haller had a personal relationship with a number…