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Ikari no machi

Mikio Naruse Japan, 1950

Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Angry Street

Uncommon material for Naruse: a pair of postwar student con-men fleece unsuspecting girls from wealthy families. Naruse's films are full of cowardly men, selfish men, foolish men, cold men - but I can't think of another evil chap like student number two, who'd ruin everyone to get ahead and greets grannie's death with a very un-Japanese "glad the old bag finally had the decency to die."