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The Borderless Action of Yasuharu Hasebe

MUBI Special

A double feature of two late ‘60s yakuza (gangster) films by Nikkatsu director Yasuharu Hasebe (previously seen in MUBI’s 2016 retrospective Stray Cats Rock!). These two are vibrant examples of the Nikkatsu’s popular and hip “borderless action” films, hyper-stylized genre movies channeling cinematic new waves, pop sensibilities, and modernist technique.

Retaliation

Yasuharu Hasebe Japan, 1969

expired 26 days ago

Yasuharu Hasebe’s follow-up to Massacre Gun is another thrilling Jô Shishido gangster flick (co-starring the great Mieko Kaji) and a highlight of the Nikkatsu studio’s “borderless action” films, hyper-stylized genre movies channeling cinematic new waves, pop sensibilities, and modernist technique.

Massacre Gun

Yasuharu Hasebe Japan, 1967

expired 27 days ago

If you were thrilled by last year’s Stray Cats Rock! series, you’ll recognize the director of his week’s double feature: Yasuharu Hasebe. A Nikkatsu studio director who attacked B-level assignments with vigor, we’re showing two of his spunky ’60s action pictures. Starring the great Jô Shishido!

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