Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Koroshi No Rakuin
Japan, 1967. Nikkatsu. Screenplay by Hachiro Guryu, Mitsutoshi Ishigami, Takeo Kimura, Chusei Sone, Atsushi Yamatoya. Cinematography by Kazue Nagatsuka. Produced by Kaneo Iwai. Music by Naozumi Yamamoto. Production Design by Motozo Kawahara. Film Editing by Akira Suzuki.
In this incredibly odd Japanese action movie, a psyched-out hit man becomes the hunted when he fails in an assassination job and the men who hired him want him out of the way. Strange camera angles and editing, disjointed action scenes and the main character’s obsession with sniffing boiling rice to become sexually aroused just might turn some viewers off. More daring viewers, however, will love how rebelliously anti-narrative the film is, and might enjoy the pop-culture artistic sensibilities that the director employs (which actually got him fired from his studio for being too unusual and straying too far from the written script).