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A Fugitive from the Past

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Genre  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Initial release  January 15, 1965
Running time  3h 3m
Screenplay  Naoyuki Suzuki
8.2/10 IMDb

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Director  Tomu Uchida
Music director  Isao Tomita
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Writer  Naoyuki Suzuki (screenplay), Tsutomu Minakami (novel)
Cast  Rentarô Mikuni (Takichi Inukai aka Kyôichirô Tarumi), Sachiko Hidari (Yae Sugito), Kôji Mitsui (Motojima), Yoshi Kato (Yae's Father), Sadako Sawamura (Motojima's Wife), Susumu Fujita (Police Chief)
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A Fugitive from the Past (飢餓海峡, Kiga kaikyō) is a 1965 Japanese film starring Rentarō Mikuni and Ken Takakura and directed by Tomu Uchida. It is a detective story based on the novel Kiga Kaikyo by Tsutomu Minakami. The film is also known as "Straits of Hunger" or "Hunger Straits" (the literal translation of the original Japanese title) in English.

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Plot

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Three robbers escape with loot from a heist, but during the escape, two of them are killed by the other one. Their dead bodies wash up on the shore after a maritime disaster, but a policeman, Yumisaka (Junzaburo Ban), becomes suspicious because they are not listed as passengers. The surviving robber Inukai (Rentaro Mikuni) is sheltered by a prostitute, Yae (Sachiko Hidari). In return, the robber gives her a large sum of money, and she is able to start a new life. The policeman follows Yae to Tokyo on the trail of the robber, but she refuses to cooperate with him.

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Many years later, Yae sees the man who had given her the money in a newspaper article. She tries to thank him, but because he has now become a respectable citizen, living under the name Tarumi, he kills her so that his secret is not known. Yumisaka, who was forced to resign from the police force because of his obsession with this case, and a young detective (Ken Takakura) pursue the clue they need to bring him to justice.

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Finally, as Inukai is being transported on a ferry back to face charges, he commits suicide by jumping from the boat.

Cast

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  • Rentarō Mikuni - Takichi Inukai aka Kyōichirō Tarumi
  • Sachiko Hidari - Yae Sugito
  • Ken Takakura - Detective Ajimura
  • Junzaburo Ban - Former detective Yumisaka
  • Kōji Mitsui - Motojima
  • Yoshi Katō - Yae's Father
  • Sadako Sawamura - Motojima's Wife
  • Susumu Fujita - Police Chief
  • Akiko Kazami - Toshiko
  • Reception

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    It was voted the sixth greatest Japanese film ever made by Kinema Jumpo in 1995, and the third greatest Japanese film in the same magazine in 1999.


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    References

    A Fugitive from the Past Wikipedia
    A Fugitive from the Past IMDb A Fugitive from the Past themoviedb.org


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