Hey, Toronto! The ScreenAnarchy Curated Tokyo Drifters Series Kicks Off Saturday With A Rare Screening Of MASSACRE GUN!
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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