Sabita naifu (Rusty Knife) Reviews

  • Sep 19, 2016

    A witness to a mob killing blackmails the mob boss and is murdered for his effort. This outs his two buddies who also saw the killing to both the mob and the police, both of whom try to grab them. A decent little noir from Nikkatsu that has Joe Shishido in a tiny role (as the murdered blackmailer).

    A witness to a mob killing blackmails the mob boss and is murdered for his effort. This outs his two buddies who also saw the killing to both the mob and the police, both of whom try to grab them. A decent little noir from Nikkatsu that has Joe Shishido in a tiny role (as the murdered blackmailer).

  • Mar 04, 2012

    Toshio Masuda's first film noir is pretty good. Its got an engaging plot with some conflicted characters, and the plot evolves and gets deeper with intrigue. The only problem is that its a bit unrefined in theme, and the ending is pretty weak. Other than that, its a powerful and solid entry in Criterion's Nikkatsu Noir collection.

    Toshio Masuda's first film noir is pretty good. Its got an engaging plot with some conflicted characters, and the plot evolves and gets deeper with intrigue. The only problem is that its a bit unrefined in theme, and the ending is pretty weak. Other than that, its a powerful and solid entry in Criterion's Nikkatsu Noir collection.

  • Sep 06, 2011

    A very well done noir with twists and turns, dead-ends and bursts of illumination. Its multi-layered plot was very satisfying.

    A very well done noir with twists and turns, dead-ends and bursts of illumination. Its multi-layered plot was very satisfying.

  • Jan 24, 2011

    Huge Nikkatsu stars of the time, including the up an coming Joe Shishido are all together in the hard boiled crime drama "Rusty Knife", a very fitting name and feel, Yujiro Ishihara and Akira Kobayashi are 2 men wanted by the law and by the Yakuza, on the run from both sides. The violence, tension, the use of light and dark are very well done, a good example of Japanese noir from the period. Just makes you wonder why Ishihara never fixed those ugly crooked teeth during his heyday...

    Huge Nikkatsu stars of the time, including the up an coming Joe Shishido are all together in the hard boiled crime drama "Rusty Knife", a very fitting name and feel, Yujiro Ishihara and Akira Kobayashi are 2 men wanted by the law and by the Yakuza, on the run from both sides. The violence, tension, the use of light and dark are very well done, a good example of Japanese noir from the period. Just makes you wonder why Ishihara never fixed those ugly crooked teeth during his heyday...

  • Aug 29, 2010

    Ever busy Yojiro Ishihara stars in this gritty noir as an ex-gangster who gets roped back into the game when an aggressive D.A. tries to turn him into a witness against a ruthless gang leader, but the boss has other ideas about that, and Yojiro, trying to go straight, and still haunted by the death of an old girlfriend, wants nothing to do with any of them. Naturally, all sides collide, massive corruption is unearthed, a wicked knife fight commences, and the future of Japan's post-war youth and economy comes to rest on the symbolic shoulders of this struggling-to-reform ex-hood. All around entertaining Nikkatsu action drama, with glimpses of fellow stars Akira Kobayashi, Mie Kitahara, and Jo Shishido, in a brief role as a snitch getting pitched from a speeding train.

    Ever busy Yojiro Ishihara stars in this gritty noir as an ex-gangster who gets roped back into the game when an aggressive D.A. tries to turn him into a witness against a ruthless gang leader, but the boss has other ideas about that, and Yojiro, trying to go straight, and still haunted by the death of an old girlfriend, wants nothing to do with any of them. Naturally, all sides collide, massive corruption is unearthed, a wicked knife fight commences, and the future of Japan's post-war youth and economy comes to rest on the symbolic shoulders of this struggling-to-reform ex-hood. All around entertaining Nikkatsu action drama, with glimpses of fellow stars Akira Kobayashi, Mie Kitahara, and Jo Shishido, in a brief role as a snitch getting pitched from a speeding train.

  • Aug 01, 2010

    Of the Nikkatsu Noir series, this is not one of the best. 1/2way between a Taiyozoku Sun-tribe movie and a noir film, it doesn't satisfy on either count. Akira Kobayashi's character, here a younger "Sun Tribe" kid than Ishihara Yujiro, plays the disaffected youth more than his aniki, and I get it that we're seeing the next step in the Sun Tribe youths, but Yujiro seems restrained here. "Thanks for not letting me kill him," he says at one point. I wish to God he had -- the movie would have been better off if you had. Kitahara Mie is wasted here -- one of her stiffest roles I've seen.

    Of the Nikkatsu Noir series, this is not one of the best. 1/2way between a Taiyozoku Sun-tribe movie and a noir film, it doesn't satisfy on either count. Akira Kobayashi's character, here a younger "Sun Tribe" kid than Ishihara Yujiro, plays the disaffected youth more than his aniki, and I get it that we're seeing the next step in the Sun Tribe youths, but Yujiro seems restrained here. "Thanks for not letting me kill him," he says at one point. I wish to God he had -- the movie would have been better off if you had. Kitahara Mie is wasted here -- one of her stiffest roles I've seen.

  • Jul 26, 2010

    It starts as a kind of sociological examination of the effects of organized crime, with too many (two-dimensional, stereotypical, underdeveloped) characters/character arcs, then gets better with the development of a personal revenge plot. Indeed it's at its best when it suggests or presents the interaction of the personal and the social/political. The incompetence of the police should be read as a disguise for their corruption.

    It starts as a kind of sociological examination of the effects of organized crime, with too many (two-dimensional, stereotypical, underdeveloped) characters/character arcs, then gets better with the development of a personal revenge plot. Indeed it's at its best when it suggests or presents the interaction of the personal and the social/political. The incompetence of the police should be read as a disguise for their corruption.

  • Jul 04, 2010

    Good crop/criminal story. The best one I've seen in the Nikkatsu set thus far.

    Good crop/criminal story. The best one I've seen in the Nikkatsu set thus far.

  • Mar 01, 2010

    Looks and feels a lot like an American noir... except the Japanese could be quite a bit more open about rape. It explores the common noir trope of "you can't escape your past". Perhaps a bit too familiar (the "Mr. Big" reveal at the end is quite predictable) but a sufficiently good time. It could be done with a little more flair, but there are some killer scenes (truck chase!) and it's definitely fun for fans of the genre.

    Looks and feels a lot like an American noir... except the Japanese could be quite a bit more open about rape. It explores the common noir trope of "you can't escape your past". Perhaps a bit too familiar (the "Mr. Big" reveal at the end is quite predictable) but a sufficiently good time. It could be done with a little more flair, but there are some killer scenes (truck chase!) and it's definitely fun for fans of the genre.

  • Feb 18, 2010

    Nothing incredible, but a very well shot pulpy story.

    Nothing incredible, but a very well shot pulpy story.