(黒蜥蝪 Black Lizard Kurotokage) is a 1968 Japanese detective film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is based on a 1934 novel by Edogawa Rampo and its theatrical adaptation by Yukio Mishima, who, at the time, was the lover of Akihiro Maruyama, the actor who plays the notorious female criminal "Black Lizard" in drag.
The film's protagonist is
Kogoro Akechi, a brilliant detective patterned on Sherlock Holmes who appears in several stories by Edogawa Rampo and is a fixture in Japanese popular culture.
The film currently has no official DVD release, and copies of the film are extremely difficult to find, but it has gained a cult following and is highly regarded by devotees of "
kitsch" and " campy" films.
Black Lizard has been published in English by Kurodahan Press in a dual edition with The Beast in the Shadow (aka Inju) .
Akihiro Maruyama as “Black Lizard,” disguised as Mrs. Midorikawa
Isao Kimura as Detective Kogorō Akechi
Kikko Matsuoka as Sanae Iwase Junya Usami as Shobei Iwase
Yūsuke Kawazu as Junichi Amamiya
Kō Nishimura as Private Detective Keiji Matoba Toshiko Kobayashi as Hina
Sonosuke Oda as Harada
Kinji Hattori as Toyama
Kōichi Satō as Ohkawa Jun Katō as Sakai
Ryūji Funakoshi as Kōzu
Mitsuko Takara as Show Dancer
Tetsurō Tamba as Kuroki
Yukio Mishima as a taxidermic Japanese human specimen
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Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Rampo Edogawa: novel
Yukio Mishima: stage adaptation
Art Direction: Kyōhei Morita
Set Decoration by: Keinosuke Ishiwatari
Costume Design by: Masako Watanabe
Production Manager: Tatsuo Hagiwara
Assistant Director: Hideo Ōe
Hirobumi Satō .... sound effects editor
Toshio Tanaka .... sound
Helen Milsted Eisenman .... subtitles editor (1985 re-release)
René Fuentes-Chao .... presenter (English subtitled version)
John R. Tilley .... presenter (English subtitled version)
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