"Red Handkerchief is the best Nikkatsu Action film"
— Joe Shishido, Nikkatsu Studio actor (A Colt is My Passport)
In this “mood action” thriller, big-shot cop Mikami fatally shoots a witness during a drug investigation, and moves to the country to forget his tainted past. Years later, he returns to Yokohama to unravel the truth about the unsolved case and his shady ex-partner, now married to the woman he loves.
A career landmark for both superstar Yujiro Ishihara and director Masuda, Red Handkerchief ultimately defines Nikkatsu’s "mood action” aesthetic. The third-highest grossing Japanese film of 1964, Red Handkerchief signaled a new, more adult phase in Ishihara’s career, in which he played troubled, conflicted characters. It also marked a creative way forward for Nikkatsu Action films that continued through the middle of the decade.
Tickets: $10/$7 Japan Society members & seniors/ $4.50 students (first 20 tickets per screening). Purchase tickets online above or call the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.
This event is part of the NO BORDERS, NO LIMITS 1960s Nikkatsu Action Cinema series.
- January 18, 2008
- 7:30 pm