Black Test Car

1962

Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

98
IMDb Rating 7 10 231

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867.84 MB
1280*720
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
95 min
P/S N/A / N/A
1.57 GB
1920×1080
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
95 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by evilfrog-2 8 / 10 / 10

corporate espionage thriller definitely worth a look

This film noir from Japan is quite an interesting little genre movie. Shot beautifully in black and white, the film is concerned with the moral decrepitude that results from corporate warfare. There is a sordid edge to this film that reminds me of Sam Fuller's work. The story is told in a very matter-of-fact manner, though the director does indulge in some interesting camera angles. There was an atmosphere of suspicion around everyone in the film that remains unresolved until the end... By the end of the film it is clear that there are no moral winners in this war; both sides have become monstrous in their willingness to go to any length to win.

Reviewed by jameselliot-1 8 / 10 / 10

Gripping, supercool and stylish

A top notch film-noir from Japan that was well ahead of its time and is still relevant today. The acting is tremendous as was usually the case in Japanese dramas of that era. It moves at a good pace despite the fact that it's primarily a talking heads movie with very little action. The violence and sexual situations are very realistic. Lead character Asahina pointlessly has his unwilling hostess girlfriend have sex with the ruthless president of the rival Yamato company so she can sneak a look at the retail price difference between both competing cars, a totally unnecessary act since Tiger severely undercuts their price anyway, rendering knowledge of the price difference meaningless. (The Tiger executives know Yamato is selling their car for a million yen plus an unknown additional amount so Tiger drops their million yen car to 990,000 yen. It's this additional number the girl is sent to find out.) It's either a script hole or meant to show the gutter level of Asahina's immorality. He keeps pushing the girl to bed Yamato's president for most of the film. What she sees in him is never analyzed.

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 8 / 10 / 10

gangster film without regular gangsters

Solid, noirish gangster film without regular gangsters. This is industrial espionage within the motor industry in Japan and as someone mentions during one heated exchange, they are acting more like the yakuza. Rough and tough with sex thrown into the mix, this is a most jaundiced view of Japanese business practices and moreover some part of the society at large. Director Yasuzo Masumura made some sixty films including the immaculate Irezumi (1966) and the delirious Blind Beast (1968). He has a great visual awareness and a confidence that make his films instantly recognisable as here with stark black and whites framed at angles, from behind someone's back, through chairs, amidst a children's playground or from the floor of a hostess bar. This thriller begins at a measured pace and even appears as if it might be a bit dull with all the talk of motor car manufacture but Masumura soon has us in his grip and trying to work out of all the many bad men who is more bad than the other.

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