Minato No Kanpai: Shori o Wagate Ni (1956)

Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The directorial debut of prolific filmmaker Seijun Suzuki (using his real name, Seitaro Suzuki), this low-budget youth picture stood above most of its ilk. The film belongs to a loosely-related subgenre known as the Kayo-eiga, which have in common only that they were each based on hit pop records and were mostly unmemorable. This one deals with a sailor who helps his brother hide from the yakuza gangsters whom he cheated in a plot to fix horse races. Ko Mishima stars with Shinsuke Maki. The film's modest success was the start of a rocky 39-film relationship between Suzuki and Nikkatsu Studios.

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