Rusty Knife

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Rusty Knife
Japanese movie poster
Directed by Toshio Masuda
Produced by Nikkatsu, Takiko Mizunoe
Written by Shintaro Ishihara
Starring Yujiro Ishihara
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography Kurataro Takamura
Edited by Masanori Tsujii
Release date
  • March 11, 1958 (1958-03-11)[1]
Running time
90 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Rusty Knife (錆びたナイフ, Sabita naifu) is a 1958 action Japanese film directed by Toshio Masuda. Rusty Knife was part of the Nikkatsu film studio's wave of Japanese noir films, made in order to compete with popular American and French films at the Japanese box office.[2] The film became more widely available outside Japan only when Janus Films released a special set of Nikkatsu noir films on DVD, as part of the Criterion Collection.[3] The other films in the set are A Colt Is My Passport, Take Aim at the Police Van, Cruel Gun Story, and I Am Waiting.


Yukihiko Tachibana is an ex-convict trying to begin a new life after he is released from prison. Unable to forget the rape and consequent suicide of his girlfriend, he seeks revenge against a crime syndicate while resisting the urge to kill again. Meanwhile, the district attorney, Karita, and his men try to build a case against the same syndicate.



  1. ^ (in Japanese) accessed 15 January 2009
  2. ^ Blakeslee, David (25 October 2010). "A Journey Through The Eclipse Series: Toshio Masuda's Rusty Knife". CriterionCast. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 

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