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Smashing the 0-Line
Secret Zero Zone / Clandestine Zero Line

Japan 1960
produced by
Shozo Ashida (planner) for Nikkatsu
directed by Seijun Suzuki
starring Hiroyuki Nagato, Yuji Kodaka, Sanae Nakahara, Mayumi Shimizu, Tomo'o Nagai, Kaku Takashina, Emiko Azuma, Shoichi Ozawa, Ryohei Uchida, Keisuke Noro
written by Yasuro Yokoyama, Goro Tanada, music by Taiichiro Kosugi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Nishina and Katori are two reporters from different newspapers after the same story, and even though they're old school friends there's little that they have in common apart from the same job - while Nishina is a guy who always tries to play it by the book and who shows compassion, Katori has no problems betraying his informants or getting them into situations where they end up dead, just as long as it serves his cause. Nishina's disgusted by this, and the fact that he's engaged to Katori's sister Sumiko doesn't make things any easier. Eventually it seems Katori pushes things too far when he gets his hands on a stash of drugs he wants to use to blackmail Reiko, a local bigwig who he had once thrown into the slammer, to take him to the big boss - and instead Reiko has him and Sumiko kidnapped and threatens to have her raped and maybe worse before his eyes - and only the fact that Nishina was hot on his heels and has brought the police saves the day. Then though Katori goes missing, and going through his files, Nishina finds out he might stow away to Hong Kong to get his hands on the number one himself - so Nishina figures it might be a good idea to do the same. But he has clearly underestimated the dangers that await him ...


In 1960, Seijun Suzuki wasn't yet the genre deconstructor he later became famous/notorious for but a director of B-movies of the pulpier variety - and this one's pretty good for what it does, telling a crime story full of violence, action and deceipt with a few sexy bits thrown in in a very stylish and fast-paced way, with many a jump cut thrown in to keep the audience on their toes, and little in terms of downtime.

Not a masterpiece, but very cool for what it is!


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