The Friendly Killer
Release Date : March, 29th, 1969
Running Time : 90 min
Genre : Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : -
Screen Size : Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ] ISHII Teruo
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Katsumi (Hiroko Ogi) is very beautiful and the pride of her father's heart, and when he is murdered mysteriously, she does not even have time to dry her tears. For she must step into his shoes and carry on as he would have wished.
Tattooing the same dragon as her father's on her own body, Katsumi becomes the head of the Sakura Family but Yasukawa (T6ru Abe), a rival boss, tries to block her at every step. Yasukawa even asks Boss Mishima to help frighten Katsumi, so that she will give up her plans to succeed her father.
A man who calls himself Masa (Akira Koba- yashi) helps her every time she and tier men are in danger. Katsumi believes she can take care of her family herself, so she considers Masa a nuisance, but for some reason or other, he is always there when he thinks he is needed.
It is also Masa who tells Katsumi about Boss Hamaichi, her father's old friend. He is sick and having trouble with Boss Nose. After visiting Boss Hamaichi, Katsumi calls on Nose and makes him promise not to encroach on Hamaichi's territory. When Nose's killer tries to kill her, she kills Nose.
Hamaichi recovers his lost territory and Katsumi gives herself up to the police. While serving a prison term, she tries to carry out reforms in the bleak cells, where all sorts of injustices are a daily occurence, and to change the prison into as pleasant and cheerful a place as possible.
On release she returns home to learn that Yasukawa is maneuvering to shut her out entirely by gaining all the area rights himself. He has just about succeeded when Katsumi bursts in to settle it by fighting it out. She leaves after the bosses acknowledge her legitimate rights.
Harboring a grudge over Katsumi's victory, Yasukawa raids her headquarters and, taken by surprise, many of her men are wounded. Masa kills Yasukawa but he, too, is mortally wounded. He confesses before his death that Yasukawa had hired him to kill her father.
【Quoted from the database of Nikkatsu Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1969.12.3】
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