Kurotokage (Black Lizard) (1968)




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The Black Lizard (Kurotakage) takes place in the sub rosa world of organized crime in Japan. Famed female impersonator Akihiro Maruyama stars as a Dragon Lady type called the Lizard. In this guise, she (he?) masterminds all illegal activities in Tokyo. The Lizard jeopardizes her power when she falls in love with detective Isao Kimura. The grotesquery of the storyline and characters is emphasized by the cameo appearance of playwright Yukio Mishima, playing a "Human Statue"-that is, an embalmed corpse. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Kurotokage (Black Lizard)

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The fluid sexual identity of Black Lizard is part of a world where nothing is as it seems, a world of permanent illusion, sleight of hand and make-believe.

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Audience Reviews for Kurotokage (Black Lizard)


Kitsch 60's Japanese detective film directed by Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE) based on a theatrical adaptation of a 1934 novel by Yukio Mishima (cf MISHIMA) who incidently plays a stuffed human in the film and was the lover of Akihiro Maruyama who's in drag playing the cunning female criminal "Black Lizard" while Kogoro Akechi (one of the SEVEN SAMURAI) is the Sherlock Holmes-like detective who tries to out-fox her.

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