Take Aim at the Police Van


Action / Crime / Mystery

IMDb Rating 6.7 10 801


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726.43 MB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
79 min
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Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
79 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 6 / 10 / 10

Japanese film noir that is entertaining but no masterpiece.

While the plot of this film is pretty confusing at times and the film is no technical masterpiece, "Take Aim At The Police Van" certainly is entertaining and it was nice to see what Japanese film noir looked like. The movie begins aboard a bus filled with prisoners headed to prison. At the same time, you see an assassin readying his rifle and scope...and you assume are going to kill the guards and free at least one of the prisoners. However, in a twist, the man simply kills two of the prisoners--and you assume somebody wanted at least one of these guys dead to stop them from talking. Oddly, the man in charge of this transport was made a scapegoat and given a 6 month suspension from his prison job. Tomon is not angry about this but vows to spend this time off locating the person or persons responsible. His path always seems to lead to a lady named Yume and again and again, she just seemed to be nearby. How she relates to all this and the identity of 'Mr. Big' is something you'll need to see for yourself. As far as the noir elements go, in some ways this is a lot grittier than traditional noir. A lot of the plot involves prostitution and you see a woman's breasts (something you'd never see in a Hollywood noir film--but nudity like this was a lot more acceptable in Japanese society then and now). However, the film also pulled its punches and didn't become nearly as dark in regard to its central character, Tomon, who was a nice guy! He believed in the goodness within everyone--a concept as alien to noir as you can get! And, at times, Tomon was way, way too lucky and was able to beat huge numbers of hired thugs--again, not exactly a realistic or noir pattern. But, the film did have some nice gritty moments and some cool moments (such as the arm in the piano and the gasoline scenes)--and it never failed to entertain even if the plot seemed a bit too confusing and complicated. Worth seeing--even if technically the film was no masterpiece--such as the badly filmed scene on the train (the angle outside the window was ridiculously off) as well as the scene where Tomon was dragged a 100 or more yards by a car and didn't even have a scratch!!

Reviewed by zetes 4 / 10 / 10

New on DVD from Criterion (on their Eclipse label)

Twisty detective flick from the director of Branded to Kill. After the police van of which he was in charge is ambushed by a sniper, prison guard Michitaro Mizushima (the star of the earlier Suzuki film Underworld Beauty) is suspended from his job. Upset over his failure to protect those under his charge, Mizushima conducts his own investigation. This is an extremely convoluted mystery - a fact to which the film cops. Suzuki's master direction keeps it moving. The opening and closing sequences in particular are brilliant. I just wish I knew what the Hell was going on! I was very tired while watching it, I should say.

Reviewed by boblipton 4 / 10 / 10

A Poor Script Left Me Disappointed

MichitarĂ´ Mizushima is a prison guard. He's on a bus moving prisoners when it is ambushed and two people killed. He's suspended for six months, so he decides to investigate the double murder himself, despite the fact the police are working hard on it. He soon outdistances them, into a web of a prostitution ring led by beautiful Misako Watanabe, who falls in love with him.... maybe. It's another the fast-moving crime movies directed by Seijun Suzuki, with a great start, exciting action sequences shot day-for-night, a jazzy score and a meandering plot that never answers the questions it raises initially. Mizushima is good as the compassionate guard who can not only out-sleuth the police, but outshoot multiple assassins. His first movie was in 1925, although his film career didn't really get moving for another ten years. Dealing with a poorly plotted movie, neither he nor Suzuki can do much except make it move fast.

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