I Am Waiting

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I Am Waiting
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara
Produced by Takiko Mizunoe
Written by Shintarō Ishihara
Starring Yujiro Ishihara
Mie Kitahara
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography Kurataro Takamura
Edited by Akira Suzuki
Distributed by Nikkatsu
Release dates October 20, 1957[1]
Running time 91 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

I Am Waiting (俺は待ってるぜ Ore wa matteru ze?) is a 1957 black-and-white Japanese film drama directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. "I Am Waiting" was part of the Nikkatsu film studio's wave of Japanese noir films, in order to compete with popular American and French films in Japanese box offices.[2] This film was made available in North America when Janus Films released a special set of Nikkatsu Noir films as part of the Criterion Collection.[3] These films include Take Aim at the Police Van, Rusty Knife and A Colt Is My Passport.

"I am Waiting" was one of Nikkatsu's earlier successes.[4]


On a dark night, Jôji (Yujiro ishihara) an ex-boxer, meets Saeko (Mie Kitahara), a club singer on the verge of suicide. . They live and work together at a restaurant where they begin to fall in love, struggling to escape from their dark pasts. Jôji deals with his failure as a boxer, shamed of having been barred from the ring. Saeko hopes to hide from gangsters who have forced her to work at their cabaret. She seeks his help as she is trying to run away from her gangster boss who is forcing her to continue working even though she no longer has a talented voice due to illnesses.[5][6]

They both find their source of support in their sole dreams: he wishes to Brazil to join his brother on a ranch, and she dreams of finding love. During the quest for his brother, Jôji discovers the horrible truth of the situation. His brother never made it to Brazil. Instead, a group of gangsters took him as a prisoner. Continuously pushed away by gangsters, they learn that dreams are easily crushed.[7][8]



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