The ScreenAnarchy curated Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years Of Nikkatsu
screening series kicks off Saturday with a rare screening of Hasebe Yusaharu's Massacre Gun
. A hard boiled tale that pits bad men against worse men from the helmer of the Stray Cat Rock
series of films, Massacre Gun
has been screened with English subtitles just a literal handful of times so don't miss this chance to catch the iconic Shishido Jo (Branded To Kill
) in action!
Find complete series details and order tickets here!
One of three classic gangster films that Nikkatsu superstar Joe Shishido made for the studio in 1967 -- the other two, Branded to Kill and A Colt Is My Passport, are also screening in this series -- Massacre Gun (also known as Slaughter Gun)
has scarcely been seen in the West, making this screening a rare
treat. Shishido plays mob hitman Ryuichi, who turns on his employers
after they force him to kill his own lover. Teaming up with his two
brothers, hot-headed club owner Eiji and aspiring boxer Saburo -- each of
whom have their own beefs with the mob -- Ryuichi declares war on his
former masters, leading to a bloody showdown on a deserted highway.
Making his third film for Nikkatsu, future sexploitation specialist
Yasuharu Hasebe delivers plenty of hard-boiled noir atmosphere and keeps
the tension simmering until it finally explodes in violence.
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