Danger Stalks Near



IMDb Rating 6.4 10 60


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Japanese 2.0
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79 min
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Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
79 min
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Reviewed by HatWearer1953 7 / 10 / 10

A fun little flick for fans of the fifties'

This is a treat if you are a fan of films from the fifties or sixties. Set over the course of one day, a lower middle-class family living in the countryside, one sunny day receives good news: the father has won a newspaper competition. THe prize - an expensive camera. But as the news spread 'cross town, an ensemble of variouscharacters descend upon the house seeking part or whole of the loot. It is generically a comedy, but, as the title suggests, there is a sense of sinister forboding maintained right 'til the end. In fact, the film quickly shifts gears - light comedy, crime-thriller, melodrama to slapstick. The acting is what holds the film together. The ensemble cast are mesmerising - nobody misses a beat. The direction too, which often opts for show don't tell approach ensures an interesting viewing experience. Finally, it is not very long. So, even if you are not charmed by this modest feature as I was, know that it will only thieve a fraction of your afternoon.

Reviewed by boblipton 7 / 10 / 10

A Comedy of Bad Manners

Three street toughs -- well, two and Shinji Tanaka, who's hanging around the railroad station, trying to get to his hometown, whom they threaten into helping them -- are going to rob a suburban house. It will be an easy job. Once the husband goes to work, it will be a housewife (Hideko Takamine) and her old mother-in-law (Akiko Tamura). If they make any trouble, well, hoods have knives. Except that while they watch the house, the kid stays home, Hideko's sisters visit, and a brother-in-law and tatami repairmen and the whole place is as busy as.... well, what's Japanese for Grand Central Station? And everyone bickers, and schemes and shouts. There the hoods are, waiting for the opportunity that seems like it will never come in Keisuke Kinoshita's black comedy about life among the working poor. Its rhythms remain odd to me, but the concerns of everyone -- ill-tempered, penny-pinching grandma, oppressed Hideko, her self-centered, marginal sisters (including Toshiko Kobayashi, with whom Miss Takamine worked so well in the two "Carmen" films), even the three hoods, all have real issues, which they all try to deal with in unattractive ways. The constant boil of incidents and wondering what ugly, funny thing these characters would do next kept me interested all the way through.

Reviewed by net_orders 7 / 10 / 10

Mildly Amusing.

DANGER STALKS NEAR / HANGING BY A THREAD / CANDLE IN THE WIND / A PRECARIOUS SITUATION (Lit.) (FUUZEN NO TOMOSHIBI). Viewed on Streaming. Restoration/preservation = ten (10) stars; cinematography = five (5) stars; subtitles = two (2) stars; "music" = 1.5 stars. Director Keisuke Kinoshita constructs his monetary-themed family farce -- comedy with a dash of drama -- in classic upside-down-pyramid style starting slowly with next to nothing and loading on more and more at an increasingly frantic pace as the film progresses. Kinoshita essentially begins with a series of exterior long shots showing the comings and goings involving a rather ramshackle (it's seen better days) house outside of town as observed by a trio of dumber-than-dumb would be burglars. Eventually the Director moves things up and into the house revealing a not-quite-poor family run like a marketplace. Everyone seems to carry cash or has some guarded nearby, and just about every activity is on a cash (or barter) and carry basis! If you want to scramble eggs you first have to pay for them; if you'd like tea, you first have to do some laundry; etc. When the local paper announces that a family member has won a valuable prize, the place is inundated with poor (or faking-poor) relatives, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers (including an armed minor criminal who only has one bullet!) all seeking -- what else? -- cash (or the equivalent thereof). Talented lead actress Hideko Takamine (who appears a bit chunky) plays a wife in perpetual motion (when not making change) and is surrounded by a cast of fine character actresses and actors. Facial expressions and body language are often far funnier than line readings. Cinematography (narrow screen, black & white) has some rough edges including long shots and extreme close-ups that are not quite in focus. Music is virtually nonexistent which is just as well, since it is not great. Subtitles suffer from a lack of disciplined translation editing and more often than not flash by at a rate making them impossible to read. Adult grammatical supervision is sadly missing! Restoration/preservation is outstanding. One of Keisuke Kinoshita's minor entries. WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD.

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