Koruto wa ore no pasupoto (A Colt Is My Passport) Reviews
The movie is more interested in looking cool (and look cool it does) than characters or narrative, but you know...that's enough. There is also some very cinematography and camerawork here, as well as some really good acting, particularly the femme fatale Mina. Stylish and brutal, the cool of the 60s Nikkatsu 'borderless action' is at some of its best here.
"A Colt Is My Passport" is a stylish crime drama that feels like a western mostly due to its distinctive musical score and climactic scene. The movie is about how running away from your troubles is never the answer, no matter how big they may be. It does threaten to go cute at one point and I should warn my more sensitive readers of a musical number, clashing with the otherwise hardboiled tone of the movie. Contrary to appearances, it does not violate my rule against sympathetic killers because the mob bosses are far worse than they are and without any honor. In fact, they represent bosses of any stripe, willing to exploit their workers like making the truckers drive 30 hours straight or cracking down on the barge workers.
Story wise the movie follows Japanese tradition, all the parties involved are rather quickly introduced in the beginning, so one better be sharp in the start or prepare to stay on the back seat guessing what is going on for the rest of the movie.
The show is totally stolen by Jo Shishido and his ridicilous facial implants, I don't know who ever thought cheek implants would be cool on action star but nobody can deny that they give the lead an unique look! After the initial shock and comedy of the leads cheeks is over, J.Shishido puts up a convincing role as tough as titan hit man making a hard get away from villains with his girl friend. The movie is overall better than average entertainment and must see for all ganster film genre fans.