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Strike a Life for Nothing (a.k.a. Inn of Evil) (Inochi bo ni furo)


Dir. Masaki Kobayashi. 1971, 121 mins. 35mm. With Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai, Kei Yamamoto. In Strike a Life for Nothing, Kobayashi tells the story of a gang of yakuza running a smuggling operation out of the Easy Tavern, reuniting for the last time with Nakadai, who plays thug enforcer Sadahichi “the Indifferent.” As government agents close in, the hardened gangsters adopt pickpocket Tomijiro (Yamamoto) and help him buy his girlfriend (Sakai) from out of a brothel. This rarely screened film is a masterfully paced character study in moody black-and-white, and the final chapter in Kobayashi and Nakadai’s storied collaboration.

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