Massacre Gun

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Massacre Gun
Massacre Gun.jpg
Directed byYasuharu Hasebe
Written by
  • Yasuharu Hasebe
  • Ryūzō Nakanishi
StarringJoe Shishido
Tatsuya Fuji
Jirō Okazaki
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyKazue Nagatsuka[1]
Distributed byNikkatsu
Release date
  • September 6, 1967 (1967-09-06)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Massacre Gun (みな殺しの拳銃, Minagoroshi no kenjū) is a 1967 Japanese yakuza film directed by Yasuharu Hasebe.[2]

Plot[edit]

Yakuza hitman Ryuichi Kuroda (Joe Shishido) is forced into executing his lover on the orders of Boss Azakawa (Takashi Kanda). His brother, aspiring Saburo Kuroda (Jirō Okazaki) in a failed attempt to confront Azakawa, ends up having his fists broken and potential boxing career destroyed. Ryuichi decides to break away from Azakawa, and has his bar raided in retaliation. Ryuichi decides to takes over some of Azakawa's smaller businesses by force.

Azakawa decides to strike back by killing a pachinko arcade operator who willingly went over to the Kurodas and sending his body in a coffin, which also contains a bomb that Ryuichi defuses. Following this, Azakawa blackmails a bowling alley operator now answering to the Kurodas into luring Ryuichi and the middle brother, Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji) into an ambush which they promptly escape from. After Kuroda spares the operator's life, Azakawa switches tactics and kidnaps Saburo. Ryuichi attempts to negotiate for his release by visiting Azakawa's manor, but he has Eiji sneak in and kill the guards just before the handover. However, just before the escape, Eiji kills Azakawa for good measure.

Later, when Eiji attempts to sleep with Azakawa's mistress, he is caught and killed by Azakawa's gunmen now under control of Azakawa's successor Ryuichi's old mentor, Shirasaka (Hideaki Nitani). Ryuichi then decides to face down Shirasaka and challenges him to a final showdown at an under-construction highway. During the attack, Ryuichi whittles down Shirasaki's accompanying gunman before facing Shirasaki man-to-man. Both men end up mutually killing each other in the resulting firefight, as the film ends on Saburo running towards the site of the duel.

Cast[edit]

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Production[edit]

Massacre Gun was written by veteran studio screenwriter Ryūzō Nakanishi and credited to him and Takashii Fujii.[3] Fujii was a pseudonym for director Yasuharu Hasebe.[3]

Release[edit]

Massacre Gun was released theatrically in Japan on September 6, 1967.[4] The film has receive retrospective release at film festivals, such as the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival where the film received its North American premiere.[5]

Massacre Gun was released on DVD and blu-ray by Arrow Video on April 6, 2015.[6]

Reception[edit]

PopMatters gave Massacre Gun a five out of ten rating, noting that the film's story was "as formulaic as possible" and that the film was " all very stylish, and that’s what director Yasuharu Hasebe offers to make the predictable story at least worth looking at."[7] In Video Librarian, a review noted that the film contains "stylish set pieces that don't make much sense but look great" and that Massacre Gun "is a film where style is the substance, an entertaining Japanese gangster noir that will likely be appreciated by fans of Quentin Tarantino."[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Credits (booklet). Arrow Films. 2013. p. 3. FCD1076.
  2. ^ "Slaughter Gun". Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sharp, Jasper (2013). Colour Me Blood Red (booklet). Arrow Films. p. 14. FCD1076.
  4. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2013). Colour Me Blood Red (booklet). Arrow Films. p. 8. FCD1076.
  5. ^ Walkow, Marc. "Massacre Gun". Fantasia Festival. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Massacre Gun". Arrow Video. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  7. ^ Barrett, Michael (May 13, 2015). "Yakuza Formula Plus Cool Style Equals 'Massacre Gun". PopMatters. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Axmaker, S. (2014). "Massacre Gun". Video Librarian. Vol. 30 no. 4. p. 42. ISSN 0887-6851.

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