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37 Ratings

Fall Guy

Kamata koshin-kyoku

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Japan, 1982


A comedy that tells the story of a has-been samurai movie star who takes unfair advantage of the loyalty of one of his devoted followers.

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Fall Guy Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Awards & Festivals

Kinema Junpo Awards

1983 | 6 wins including: Best Film

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1983 | 8 wins including: Best Film

1983 | 4 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

The nuts and bolts of the process of making action movies shines through in Fukusaku’s ode to the people who risk injury and death so that film stars can look good on screen.
March 04, 2016
Fukasaku—best-known Stateside for his final film, the similarly satirical Battle Royale—was one of the defining stylists of the Japanese gangster flick. Though Fall Guy is less frenetic than his work in that genre, it frames the film industry in a way that makes it look an awful lot like a criminal underworld, founded on hypocritical ideas about loyalty and obligation.
October 17, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Mark Ayala's rating of the film Fall Guy

    An anomaly in Fukasaku career as it's a straight comedy with drama elements instead of a standard crime picture. But it's an extremely funny one and is one of my favorite films about film. Also interesting to know that this film help collapse the classic set-up of the Japanese film industry and eventually paved the way for Kadokawa Pictures. Was a huge hit in Japan and won the Japan Academy Prize for best picture.

  • dytokyo's rating of the film Fall Guy

    The screenwriter, Kouhei Tsuka, died of lung cancer just last month (on July 10, 2010) -- this very funny, much beloved film was one of Tsuka's most famous works. Alternatingly funny, sad and angry, at times over-the-top, but very human throughout.

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