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Fall Guy (1982)

Kamata kôshinkyoku (original title)
A hot shot teen stumbles onto a mob execution and the gangsters conveniently set him up as the fall guy.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Kôhei Tsuka (play), Kôhei Tsuka (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiko Matsuzaka Keiko Matsuzaka ... Konatsu
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Ginshiro
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Yasu
Chika Takami Chika Takami ... Tomoko
Daijirô Harada Daijirô Harada ... Tachibana
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie ... Film Director
Nijiko Kiyokawa Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Yasu's mother
Rei Okamoto Rei Okamoto ... Toku-san
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji ... Yamada
Harumi Sone Harumi Sone
Hyôe Enoki Hyôe Enoki ... Tome
Shiro Takano Shiro Takano
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru
Nagare Hagiwara ... Yuji
Toshiya Sakai Toshiya Sakai ... Makoto
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A hot shot teen stumbles onto a mob execution and the gangsters conveniently set him up as the fall guy.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 October 1982 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Todestreppe See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Kamata kôshin-kyoku
(Based on "Song of the Vagabonds" from 1929 operetta "The Vagabond King")
Written by Rudolf Friml (as Rudolph Friml)
Performed by Keiko Ishizaka, Morio Kazama and Mitsuru Hirata
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as dark and disturbing as it is funny
17 March 2013 | by sarahksmomSee all my reviews

Re-watching this 10 years after seeing it the first time and 31 years after it was made, with more Japanese under my belt, I don't see a fundamental stylistic difference between the humor in this movie from that of "Battle Royale." There's just a shift in emphasis. Both movies are equally misanthropic and mordantly satirical. I get the feeling that the core of both is a disappointed wish to find something lovable about at least two people and a hope that they connect with each other without screwing things up too badly. There's a lot about the three principal characters-- Ginshirô, Yasu and Konatsu--that is cringe-worthy that, if you don't buy it as satire, will repulse you. I get the feeling that Fukasaku couldn't have cared less about audience discomfort. Of course, if you're a nihilist, it won't make you squirm, at all.


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