Red Pier

1958

Action / Crime / Thriller

127
IMDb Rating 7 10 87

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908.5 MB
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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
99 min
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Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
99 min
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Reviewed by XhcnoirX 8 / 10 / 10

Routine crime movie that gets better as it progresses

Yujiro Ishihara is a cocky young killer working for a Tokyo-based criminal outfit. When he arrives in Kobe he witnesses an accidental death in the harbor, and soon after he has a chance encounter with the deceased's sister, Mie Kitahara. He is drawn to her before he realizes who she is, and even after he realizes the death was not accidental and related to his criminal life, his arrogance doesn't see it as a problem for their blossoming relationship. But nightclub dancer, and his lover, Yukiko Todoroki is jealous and wants Ishihara all to herself, despite him making it clear she means nothing to him. Meanwhile, the criminal outfit is trying to get rid of Ishihara by sending another killer after him, but he has no idea why. And local cop Shiro Osaka is constantly tailing Ishihara trying to trap him for something big. Starting out as a routine crime thriller about the downfall of a cold-blooded gun for hire, the movie becomes increasingly more rich and complex as the movie twists and turns and layers are peeled off the story and the characters. Everybody knows everybody on the shady side of Kobe's harbor, and the various relationships are revealed/detailed more and more as the movie progresses. Ishihara's cat&mouse game with Osaka for instance is a fun distraction to Ishihara, but is far more personal to Osaka, who has subtler motives for catching him than appears at first (which makes the final moments of the movie more intense/touching than it otherwise would). Ishihara is great as he gradually opens up more and more, finding a reason in Kitahara to try and start a new life. Her character is the least interesting of the main parts however, she is simply too demure and static. Todoroki is a gorgeous femme fatale and is far more interesting, with better acting, as she juggles her infatuation with Ishihara (and her jealous character) with her position in the shady world she lives in (when she realizes Ishihara's days are numbered she tells someone else from the outfit she's got a room for rent and is looking for a new tenant, but the room doesn't come cheap). Ishihara's story arc is as doomed and noir as it gets, as he gets caught in difficult situations outside of his control and makes bad choices despite knowing better (while trying to become a better/changed person). This is also reflected in the great cinematography which is filled with stark shadows during the night-time scenes, including a fistfight in a dark hotel room lit only by the pulsating lights of the harbor outside and filmed almost completely using Dutch angles. Add to that a hip jazzy soundtrack that works really well with the flashiness of Ishihara's character and you've got a surprisingly good and intriguing movie. Highly recommended! 8+/10

Reviewed by gavin6942 10 / 10 / 10

Decent Gangster Film

50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara ("Crazed Fruit") stars in Masuda's "Red Pier" as "Jiro the Lefty", a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in a crane accident which turns out to be a cover-up for a murder. Jiro soon finds himself on the run, tailed by a determined cop... Allegedly, this film (also known as "Red Quay") is based on the 1937 French film "Pépé le Moko". Although I have seen "Pepe", I unfortunately don't recall it well enough to make any observations on the parallels. Just a general comment: I am surprised how few gangster films take place on piers or waterfronts. Obviously, "On the Waterfront" is the most notable (even if not thought of as a gang film). Controlling the ports is a big money maker for the mob and gangs... I'm glad the writer of this film made that a focus.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 10 / 10 / 10

Odd man out on the red pier.

After the October Challenge,I took a look at other, non-Horror box sets that I've left unfinished. Despite finding Voice Without a Shadow (1958) (which I've reviewed) to be superb, I somehow had skipped seeing the other two titles in the first of Arrow's Nikkatsu's Diamond Guys set,this led to me diving off the red pier towards the first of these two. View on the film: Treating the transfer with the same respect given to Seijun Suzuki's work in the set, Arrow present an image which is crystal clear, a soundtrack that is clean and well-paced English subtitles. Lifting a rich Film Noir atmosphere from the opening murder via crane, co-writer/(with Ichirô Ikeda) director Toshio Masuda & cinematographer Shinsaku Himeda unveil gorgeous stylisation in the crisp white clothes Tominaga lands in the port with reflected in pristine white lights lining every street and crashing against the waves, whilst subtly outlining the murky deals taking place under the pristine port. Hitting his targets with a mighty swagger, Masuda and Himeda give their loner bags of Film Noir chic spun from off-kilter camera angles curling round to follow Tominaga make his escape, and fluid, hand-held camera moves following each punch Tominaga offers up. Taking the basic outline of Julien Duvivier's classic Pépé le Moko (1937) (a Film Noir loner flees to the outskirts to avoid the cops) the screenplay by Masuda and Ikeda brilliantly draw up the sketch to comment on the youthful Post-WWII era of Japan, by having Tominaga be one of the new "water trade" (a black market many people worked in to survive during the aftermath of losing the war) gangsters, who is a free-wheeling loner who does not follow the pre-WWII codes of "loyalty" the underworld lived by. Smoothly crossing Film Noir with the popular "Sun-Tribe"/Zoku genre, the writers hits the early sugar rush of the French New Wave by Tominaga (played by a wonderfully dashing and slick Yûjirô Ishihara) being unable to let his secret love Keiko Sugita (a very good Mie Kitahara) cross his personal space, as a harmonica plays music from the heart of Tominaga across the red pier.

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