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6 Ratings

Clandestine Zero Line

Directed by Seijun Suzuki
Japan, 1960


Once again Suzuki uses the documentary style. But here, in this story of two competing newspaper editors who infiltrate a Yakuza hideout, it’s less effective. Reportedly written, shot, edited and released within 16 days. It shows.

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Clandestine Zero Line Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Critics reviews

Smashing the O-Line (60, aka Clandestine Zero Line) exemplifies the kind of Japanese crime film that could never have been made in America at the time, and although it amps up the sex and violence to a degree surprising for the era, Suzuki nevertheless delivers a jazz-inflected program picture with enough nuance and style to defy the assertion that his best works were made in opposition to studio mandates.
November 06, 2015
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