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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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Akihiro Maruyama
as Black Lizard
Yukio Mishima
as Human statue
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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.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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Awesome, bizarre cat-and-mouse game between criminal mastermind Black Lizard and Holmes-level detective Akechi. Great soundtrack, crazy twists and some wild imagery.

Jason Coffman
Jason Coffman

A psychadelic comic book crime flick. Fukasaku flashes style, comedy, and overall coolness which overshadows a thin plot made even thinner with such a wacky twist towards the end that it's acceptable within the world of transsexual jewel thieves, golden eyed, snake throwing femmes and a detective who disguises himself as a hunchback. I'd like to think of this as a purely free film for it seems to come off exactly as everything it should have been and wanted to be.

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