The Sleeping Beast Within (1960)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This grim early crime film from future-great Seijun Suzuki is a matter-of-fact tale about an aging office-worker who gets duped into taking part in a drug-running operation. Distraught, the old man kills the Yakuza kingpin, burns down his offices, and commits suicide. It's not a very pleasant story, but it's powerfully told by Suzuki in a cinema-verite style and fairly well played by Hiroyuki Nagato and Kazuko Yoshiyuki.



drugs, fire, gangster, murder, office-worker, suicide