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Fire Line

Japan 1961
produced by
Akira Sagawa for Shintoho
directed by Hiromichi Takebe
starring Teruo Yoshida, Yoko Mihara, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Tazaki
written by Teruo Ishii, Hiromichi Takebe

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Small-time crooks Shinichi and Teruo somehow get involved with Shigemori's yakuza clan - but even their first assignement, stealing a bagful of weapons from the rival Kajigawa gang, ends in a bit of a bungle up, through no fault of their own, I might want to add, but everyone blames them ...

Shigemori wants to punish especialy Shinichi, but Shigemori's moll Yumi has fallen in love with Shinichi, so she warns him, and while on the run, Shinichi meets a stranger who out of the blue offers to help him and who wants to take him with him to South America to run a farm, too.

To finance their life in South America, Shinichi and the stranger decide to steal the bag full of weapons that started everything from Shigemori, but instead they find Shigemori's men trying to torture the whereabouts of Shinichi out of Teruo, so Shinichi and the stranger save him instead.

Soon, Shigemori's right-hand man Nakamoto manages to track down Shinichi - and he offers him a deal: Shinichi is to kill Shigemori (so Nakamoto can become boss) in exchange for his freedom and a future with Yumi. If Shinichi disagrees, Nakamoto threatens to spill the beans about his affair with Yumi to Shigemori, which would not affect him personally but Yumi. Shinichi agrees of course.

When Yumi learns about the predicament Shinichi is in, she confesses everything to Shigemori, so at the appointed time, when Shinichi is to shoot Shigemori, Shigemori lures Nakamoto and his men into a trap and shoots them all. It's only then that Shinichi makes a rather ill-adviced interference, and suddenly he finds himself facing Shigemori's entire gang, and Shigemori wants him dead, even if he had promised Yumi otherwise. It's only thanks to the stranger that Shinichi is saved in the end, and the Kajigawa gang, whom Yumi has called in to help out, erradicates the Shigemori gang, but Yumi herself catches a bullet and dies in Shinichi's arms.

... and the boat Shinichi to South America and the stranger wanted to take leaves without them.


Rather routine gangster drama with shades of film noir, but the whole thing is well-paced, competently acted and directed, and it features enough action to make it a piece of ok B entertainment. Nothing special of course, but enjoyable still.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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