Black Lizard (film)

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Black Lizard
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Produced by Akira Oda[1]
Screenplay by
Based on The play
by Yukio Mishima
Music by Isao Tomita[1]
Cinematography Hiroshi Dowaki[1]
Edited by Keiichi Uraoka[1]
Release date
  • August 1968 (1968-08) (Japan)
Running time
86 minutes[1]
Country Japan

Black Lizard (黒蜥蝪, Kurotokage) is a 1968 Japanese film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is based on a play by Yukio Mishima which in turn is based on a novel by Rampo Edogawa.[1]



Black Lizard was released in Japan in August 1968.[1] Fukasaku stated the film was very popular and successful on its initial release.[2] He continued that Shochiku offered him a chance to direct a follow-up which would also star Maruyama.[2]

In the United States, it was released by Shochiku Films of America with English subtitles in July 1969.[1] The film was not widely distributed in the United States until it was reissued by Cinevista with English subtitles in February 1985 with an 83 minute running time.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Galbraith IV 1996, p. 120.
  2. ^ a b Desjardins 2005, p. 25.


  • Desjardins, Chris (2005). Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. I.B. Tauris. ISBN 1845110900. 
  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (1996). The Japanese Filmography: 1900 through 1994. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0032-3. 

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