• Japan
  • 1957
  • 91 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

In Koreyoshi Kurahara’s directorial debut, rebel matinee idol Yujiro Ishihara (fresh off the sensational Crazed Fruit) stars as a restaurant manager and former boxer who saves a beautiful, suicidal club hostess (Mie Kitahara) trying to escape the clutches of her gangster employer. Featuring expressionist lighting and bold camera work, this was one of Nikkatsu’s early successes.

Cast

Joji ShimakiYujiro Ishihara
SaekoMie Kitahara
UchiyamaIsamu Kosugi
Police detectiveKenjiro Uemura
Shibata (elder)Hideaki Nitani
Shibata (younger)Ken Hatano

Credits

Film Essays

Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir

By Chuck Stephens August 20, 2009

I AM WAITING: PORT OF CALL The year: 1957. The city: Yokohama, not far from the piers. The sound of the tide softly lapping against stones in the darkness, cubes of black ice in a tumbler of . . . Read more »

Dispatches

Tokyo Dispatch: Me and Ace No Joe

By Marc Walkow October 16, 2009

Full-size sidewalks aren’t very common in outer Tokyo, particularly in the many small residential neighborhoods that surround the city for miles. Likely a holdover from when there weren’t as . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir

By Chuck Stephens August 20, 2009

I AM WAITING: PORT OF CALL The year: 1957. The city: Yokohama, not far from the piers. The sound of the tide softly lapping against stones in the darkness, cubes of black ice in a tumbler of . . . Read more »