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Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Japan 1960 83 mins.

This crime thriller features one of the most nihilist characters in Suzuki’s early films: Katiri, a reporter so ambitiously amoral that he’ll sell out anyone—including his partner and the drug dealer he’s sleeping with—to get a scoop. But what happens when an even more ruthless female gang boss kidnaps his sister? With its jazzy musical score and sordid milieu of drug smuggling and human trafficking, Smashing the O-Line is one of Suzuki’s darkest urban tales. Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation. (Japanese with English Subtitles)

Read Cashiers De Cinema’s review of Smashing the O-Line (11/9/2015)