• Criterion offers a killer selection of Japanese yakuza and heist movies from the fifties and sixties on Hulu Plus. And this week’s festival of free films on Hulu, Tokyo Crime Wave, highlights five of them. These are hard-boiled tales of honor and betrayal marked by sharp bursts of violence and wicked black humor: Takashi Nomura’s kinetic hit man saga A Colt Is My Passport; Toshio Masuda’s riveting Rusty Knife, about two former hoodlums forced to testify as witnesses in a murder trial; and two by the inimitable Seijun Suzuki—Take Aim at the Police Van, about a prison guard on the hunt for a killer, and Tokyo Drifter, one of the most popular yakuza films of the era, a bizarre and bloodily beautiful thriller sparkling with bright colors and mod sets. All of those titles are also available in Criterion or Eclipse editions. Plus, this week we’re offering a rare film never released on DVD in the U.S., Jun Fukuda’s jazzy thriller Golden Eyes, about a Tokyo crime syndicate’s gold-smuggling scheme in Beirut. Just to give you an idea of its flamboyance: the film’s alternate title is Booted Babe, Busted Boss. Watch it below, or at Hulu, for free. And be sure to browse through Criterion’s hundreds of other titles on Hulu Plus; just $7.99 a month lets you see them all.

10 comments

  • By Drew Phillips
    June 30, 2012
    12:46 AM

    I am only in the first 20 minutes into "Golden Eye" and I am in love with it! I had to stop to make sure what I was watching was real. Apparently it is a sequel to a film called "Ironfinger", that I'd like to see as well.
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  • By Gabrielle
    July 02, 2012
    09:30 PM

    Oh man, yet another something for me to become obsessed with. Just started watching 'Golden Eye' and I'm in! Woot!
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  • By Brendony
    July 04, 2012
    11:20 AM

    Holy crap! Golden Eye is amazing!
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  • By Ryan Jafri
    July 04, 2012
    06:56 PM

    When your titles are watched on a HD flat screen television via Hulu Plus, the picture is quite pixelated. Why is that?
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    • By sneering chimp
      July 08, 2012
      12:45 PM

      I always wondered how Criterion could continue to sell blu-rays and dvds if the movies were offered on demand online. I guess this must be the reason why physical format is still preferred, and also why I don't have a subscription to Hulu-plus.
    • By Shaun
      July 09, 2012
      09:48 AM

      What? Maybe it's because people actually want to have an artifact in their hands and own something. What the heck's good about paying to see it or owning a digital copy? Go to the movies. I want the film to enjoy and/or study at my leisure for the rest of my life. Allowing digital ownership to go ahead only helps corporations - you never truly own it and you'll likely not have it 10 years from now. Take yr 1s and 0s and stuff 'em.
  • By Shaun
    July 08, 2012
    08:37 AM

    Holy crap! Golden Eyes sucks!
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  • By futurestar
    July 10, 2012
    06:08 AM

    Holy crap Goldfinger is incredible. Holy crap, holy crap is incredible.
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  • By Drew Phillips
    February 13, 2013
    05:56 PM

    Ironfinger is coming now too!!!
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  • By Batmankoff
    May 06, 2014
    06:36 AM

    I wonder if we will ever be lucky enough to get Golden Eyes on DVD/ Blu-Ray. Akira Takarada is amazing!!!
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