NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Rusty Knife

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Rusty Knife
Sabita naifu | Toshio Masuda, 1958
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 90 minutes

Shady pasts come back to haunt two ex-thugs after going straight in this hit first feature from Toshio Masuda that cemented his place in the Nikkatsu action pantheon. Years after Tachibana (studio star Yujiro Ishihara) and Makoto (future big-shot Akira Kobayashi) accidentally witness a murder by a local crime heavy, a third witness threatens to sing like a canary, bringing Tachibana and Makoto’s names bubbling back to the surface in this stellar jazzy noir.

Series: NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Venue: New York Film Festival

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