Rififi in Tokyo (1961)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Caper, Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Ever since the original Rififi set up the postulate of a spectacular robbery, there have been cinematic "Rififis" in Amsterdam, Paris, Panama, and in this case, Tokyo. A band of thieves get together in Japan's capital to plan a major heist of only one single jewel -- a huge diamond stored in a vault in the Bank of Tokyo. Preparations for the heist are not without problems, and in the end only three of the thieves manage to get into the vault where the diamond is stored. Thanks to modern bank security, the next problem is how to get out of the vault. Directed by Jacques Deray, this melodramatic crime caper shines in the special technical effects department when the electronic gismos that protect bank vaults are highlighted, but the illumination does not extend to human characters in quite the same way.



gangster, bad-guy-vs-bad-guy, jewel-robbery, bank, opal