I Am Waiting

1957

Action / Crime

182
IMDb Rating 7 10 597

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91 min
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Reviewed by secondtake 7 / 10 / 10

Visually raw and a well worn sort of story to carry the personal drama

I Am Waiting (1957) A Japanese kind of noir flavored crime drama that uses tropes and cliches to their max. And it works. There is the woeful beautiful woman and the troubled handsome man, and they meet in ways that make their relationship complicated. Some thugs get in the way, the past has its grim details resurface, and a couple of side characters give the main pair color and life. It's kind of great in a B-movie way. The filming (camera and lights) by Kurataro Takamura is terrific, and helps hold it up even if the writing is sometimes a bit obvious. The acting is solid, maybe even very good, but the characters are made to play types that don't allow for as much development as you might like. In all these ways the film is a lot like the average noir. But it doesn't hold a candle to a great American noir. The editing is sometimes awkward, the story a hair too simple (despite all the unnecessary flashbacks), the good and bad guys a bit too simple in their motivations. I think you can love this movie for exactly these things, but know it ahead of time. Takamura is terrific, it has to be repeated. The long fight scene near the end, and the final long take before the credits, are both first rate stuff. This is director Koreyoshi Kurahara's first film, and if a novice feeling sometimes shows, the movie also reveals a bold talent and reckless love of cinema, which is really all that matters.

Reviewed by zetes 8 / 10 / 10

Good, if a little slow

The earliest film in Eclipse's new Nikkatsu Noir set, this one stars Yujiro Ishihara and Mie Kitahara, the two stars of the previous year's Crazed Fruit (these are only two of about two dozen films they made together). I Am Waiting is a pretty good crime flick about a retired boxer who meets up with a lounge singer who is trying to run away from her gangster employer. The boxer has been waiting a year for his brother to contact him from Brazil, where he hopes to move and help his brother farm. Turns out that his brother never made it there. His mysterious disappearance is linked with the aforementioned gangsters. The story here is really good, and, in general, it's well directed and performed. It does move a tad too slowly, though, and the two halves of the plot, the romance and the mystery of the missing brother, are connected by a pretty big and hard-to-buy coincidence. It's a good film, but it's one that feels like it could have been done a little bit better (the perfect film for a remake!).

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10 / 10

Give this one some time....

Jôji is a washed up boxer. One night he meets Saeko down by the harbor--and she's contemplating killing herself as she's lost her voice--and that's terrible for a professional singer! You don't learn all this up front--it slowly unfolds as the film progresses. However, what neither knows is that her employer and Jôji's plan to move to a farm in Brazil are actually inextricably linked. There is MUCH more to the plot than this, but I'd rather say nothing more about this--as the plot is pretty interesting and offers lots of nice twists and my discussing the plot would ruin the suspense. This is a movie that creeps up on you slowly. At first, it seems like an ordinary sort of film about two losers who somehow find each other. However, keep watching--the plot changes into less of a romance and more a film noir treasure. The dark lighting, criminals who come into their lives and the dark turn of the plot all work together to make a dandy film--well written, well acted and very exciting in its direction.

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