Film

A Certain Killer
FILM

A Certain Killer

ある殺し屋 (Aru Koroshiya)

Tuesday, April 17, 7 PM

© 1967 KADOKAWA

Film · Kazuo Miyagawa
Tuesday, April 17, 7 PM

A stylish crime thriller by genre director Kazuo Mori from a script by Yasuzo Masumura, starring Daiei superstar Raizo Ichikawa as a nihilistic ex-kamikaze pilot restaurateur who moonlights as a contract killer for the yakuza. A solitary figure, the silent hitman's ascetic lifestyle is intruded upon by an insistent young woman and ambitious gangster who eventually plot to betray him. Shot amidst a backdrop of barren wastelands and equally stark interiors, Miyagawa's muted colors and precise widescreen framing visually match the icy, calculated persona of Ichikawa's killer in this little-known late '60s gem.

1967, 82 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kazuo Mori. With Raizo Ichikawa, Yumiko Nogawa, Mikio Narita, Mayumi Nagisa.


Part of Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members

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Print courtesy of National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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