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A Man in Red (1961)
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Toho/Color・ TohoScope/89 min.
Released September 12, 1961
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Reiji Miwa
Director Ishiro Honda
Screenplay Moriyuki Mato
Original Story Shinya Fujiwara
Director of Photography Hajime Koizumi
Art Director Kiyoshi Shimizu
Lighting Eiji Yamaguchi
Sound Masano Uehara
Hisashi Shimonaga
Music Kenjiro Hirose

Takashi is released from prison after serving a four year sentence for a crime he did not commit. He has taken the rap on behalf of his stepfather, president of a contruction firm, who had shot the ganglord Katsuta. However, during his four year incarceration, the cruel gangster Masumi moves in on Takashi's home town and plunges it onto despair through drug dealing. Takashi is warned by an old friend to go elsewhere to start a new life, but he discovers that his old girlfriend Tomiko has become a drug addict and that she is now Masumi's mistress. Takashi teams up with Detective Makikawa, a friend from his school days, and Ikuko, a bar madame determined to find the killer of her brother (a drug-fighting law enforcement agent). Together, they try to save his town from the gang and the curse of narcotics.

This is a hard-boiled action movie, based on an original story by Shinya Fujiwara, an author who was famous for his books "Red Pre-Meditated Murder" and "The Dirty Naive". This film is a kind of variation on Toho's gang story 'Dark Underground' series. Unlike the other police action films which Honda directed such as Dogora and Ghidrah, The Three-Headed Monster, this is more of a typical yakuza film and features harsh violence. Through this film, the director tries to show that there is no such thing as a real 'bad' person.
Publicity still of star Makoto Sato and his girlfriend Tomiko, played by Chisako Hara.
The climactic scene, Takashi holding the dead body of Tomiko together with Ikuko (Yumi Shirakawa).
Action star Makoto Sato plays the hero.
Set of Makikawa's apartment, Honda directing Ikuko, played by Yumi Shirakawa.
CAST Makoto Sato 
Yumi Shirakawa
Akira Kubo
Chisako Hara
Ko Nishimura
Nami Tamura
Hajime Shimizu
Kozo Nomura
Ikio Sawamura
Sachio Sakai
Hisaya Ito
Ichiro Nakaya
Akira Wakamatsu
Akira Tani
Ko Mishima
Yasushi Tsumi
Kunio Otsuka
Senkichi Omura
Yutaka Nakayama
Hideo Amamoto 
Yutaka Sada
Keiko Sata
Ryu Kuze
Kenji Kitahara
Sakae Mori
Special effects scene of Masumi (Hisaya Ito) giving Tomiko a drug.
Takashi and Detective Makikawa (Akira Kubo) at Ikuko's bar, planning a drug bust.
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