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ある脅迫 [videorecording] - Intimidation

Aru kyōhaku
(DVD - 2011 - Japanese)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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This film noir concerns the intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion.
Title: Intimidation
Aru kyōhaku
[videorecording (DVD)]
Title (Original Script): ある脅迫 [videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.?] : The Criterion Collection, [2011]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (65 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1960.
Based on the novel by Takigawa Kyō.
Summary: This film noir concerns the intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion.
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 蔵原惟繕
茂木了次
多岐川恭
川瀬治
金子信雄
白木マリ
西村晃
草薙幸二郎
山田禅二
佐藤勝
Alternate Title: Aru kyōhaku
ISBN: 9781604654684
1604654686
Statement of Responsibility: Janus Films ; Nikkatsu Kabushiki Kaisha seisaku ; kikaku Motegi Ryōji ; gensaku Takigawa Kyō ; kyakushoku Kawase Osamu ; kantoku Kurahara Koreyoshi
Statement Of Responsibility (Original Script): Janus Films ; 日活株式会社製作 ; 企画茂木了次 ; 原作多岐川恭 ; 脚色川瀬治 ; 監督蔵原惟繕
Credits: Cinematography, Yamazaki Yoshihiro ; editor, Suzuki Akira ; music, Satō Masaru ; art, Chiba Kazuhiko.
Credits (Original Script): Cinematography, 山崎善弘 ; editor, 鈴木晄 ; music, 佐藤勝 ; art, 千葉一彦
Performers: Kaneko Nobuo, Shiraki Mari, Nishimura Akira, Kusanagi Kōjirō, Yamada Zenji.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (2.20:1) aspect ratio enchanced for 16:9 widescreen TVs, Dolby Digital mono.
Other Language: Japanese dialogue with optional English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Bankers Japan Drama. Extortion Drama. Corporations Accounting Corrupt practices Japan Drama.
Subject (Original Script): 多岐川恭, 1920- Film adaptations
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Crime films.
Film noir.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Japanese language materials.
Topical Term: Bankers
Extortion
Corporations
Publisher No: ECL130
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Aug 29, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Based on a short story "Intimidation (ある脅迫)" written by Takigawa Kyō(多岐川恭), the film is a crime drama (film noir), which focuses on the relationship between the protagonist (Nichimura Akira 西村晃) and the antagonist (Kaneko Nobuo 金子信雄).
Both man have been friends since childhood and work for the same bank.
The antagonist is a deputy branch manager while the protagonist works as a plain clerk.
Both men get along well on the surface, but they despise each other deep indide.
One day bank robbery takes place.
The protagonist comes to know by intuition that the robber is actually the antagonist---the deputy manager.
Sensing that the clerk finds out his identity, the deputy manager suddenly changes his mind and tells all the clerks that this is a precautionary security training.
The deputy manager has been intimidated by a Japanese gangster (ヤクザ) who demands money.
In due course the manager kills the gangster by accident, which the protagonist comes to know.
And what will happen in the end?
This is actually a psycological drama with a bit of black humour rather than a mere crime story.

Apr 15, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A nice, 1960 black and white wide screen short crime drama from Japan. A lot of intimidation goes on in a story of a bank executive being blackmailed for embezzlement. While most American film noir films take place in the dark, shadowy wet streets of urban America, this crime drama takes place largely in well-lit offices. It's great that this film is now available for American audiences.

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