Hey, Toronto! Classic Japanese Crime Flick RUSTY KNIFE Hits Town Saturday! Win Tickets Now!
The Twitch curated Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years Of Nikkatsu screening series continues at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Saturday with a rare screening of Masuda Toshioi's Rusty Knife. The first top ten hit from the future Nikkatsu hitmaker will screen from 35mm and you can win tickets now!
In town and want to see it for free? We've got two pairs of tickets to give away. All you need to do is email me here and name any one of Masuda's other fifty two films produced by the Nikkatsu studio. Winners will be notified tomorrow. Find complete series details and order tickets here!The first of numerous top-ten box-office hits by Nikkatsu workhorse Toshio Masuda -- who went on to direct a whopping fifty-two features for the studio in just ten years -- Rusty Knife features top Nikkatsu star Yujiro Ishihara as Yukihiko, a former low-level yakuza freshly released from prison after serving a five-year term for killing the man he believed responsible for the rape and suicide of his girlfriend. Although he now intends to go straight, Yukihiko puts his rehabilitation on the backburner when he discovers that his lover's death was engineered by a crime syndicate whose head men masquerade as respectable businessmen and community leaders. A gritty, no-nonsense crime thriller, Rusty Knife features notable early appearances by future Nikkatsu stars Akira Kobayashi as Yukihiko's numbskull buddy and Joe Shishido as a hapless blackmailer.
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