The ScreenAnarchy curated Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years Of Nikkatsu screening series continues at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Saturday with a rare screening of Masuda Toshioi's Rusty Knife. The first top ten hit from the future Nikkatsu hitmaker will screen from 35mm and you can win tickets now!
The first of numerous top-ten box-office hits by Nikkatsu workhorse
Toshio Masuda -- who went on to direct a whopping fifty-two features for
the studio in just ten years -- Rusty Knife features top
Nikkatsu star Yujiro Ishihara as Yukihiko, a former low-level yakuza
freshly released from prison after serving a five-year term for killing
the man he believed responsible for the rape and suicide of his
girlfriend. Although he now intends to go straight, Yukihiko puts his
rehabilitation on the backburner when he discovers that his lover's
death was engineered by a crime syndicate whose head men masquerade as
respectable businessmen and community leaders. A gritty, no-nonsense
crime thriller, Rusty Knife features notable early appearances
by future Nikkatsu stars Akira Kobayashi as Yukihiko's numbskull buddy
and Joe Shishido as a hapless blackmailer.