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Ratings & Reviews

  1. ejonline's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    This Suzuki movie does not seem to have much to do with his later work in the 60's like Tokyo Drifter or Branded To Kill. It comes across as a combination of a procedural and a light noir, with a bit more focus on the procedural aspect (especially the "one-last-job" trope on the part of the cop). It is competent and provides a sense of that period of time in Japanese society, but it is not particularly compelling.

  2. Marco Izner's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

  3. patchwork's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Noir di stampo classico, essenziale nella forma quanto incasinato negli sviluppi. Suzuki un po' si perde a livello tramico (tanto che spesso il protagonista fornisce riassunti della vicenda a mezzo di flashback o pensieri in voce off), ma sforna alcune belle scene, azzeccando soprattutto il finale ***1/2

  4. Alex Delarge's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Just got the Nikkatsu Noir set from Criterion and can't wait to watch this!

  5. Sunrise's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    While the narrative is (self-awareingly) convoluted, Suzuki emphasizes a story in which a man of public service, a suspended prison guard, sees how business dehumanizing interactions to rise above itself. The horrid casualties result in revelation for young Yuko, a woman that has inherited a position of management, that capitalism has an agenda into which she is not able to integrate, nor emotionally accept. Amazing.

  6. Erik Gregersen's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    One of Suzuki's pre-1963 "normal" movies, and yes it is a masterpiece. If this had made at Columbia Pictures at this time, it would have entered the canon.

  7. Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Early effort from director Seijun Suzuki may not be as stylish as his later work, but it's still a slick Japanese film noir. Suzuki's sharp eye for action and suspense, a compelling plot, and a great jazz score make for some solid pulp entertainment.