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58 Ratings


Shima wa moratta

Directed by Yasuharu Hasebe
Japan, 1969
Action, Crime


Gritty and cynical, Retaliation is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.

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Retaliation Directed by Yasuharu Hasebe

Critics reviews

Hasebe’s films may never be quite as visually or conceptually wild as Suzuki’s, but they share something of the same breakneck cutting and tumultuous approach to staging action. A scene in Retaliation in which a man is brutally tortured to death, repeatedly intercut with convulsive moves on a nightclub dance floor, shows Hasebe at his most aggressive.
June 05, 2015

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