The Black Trademark
Kuro no trademark
Release Date : September, 7th, 1963
Running Time : 79 min
Genre : Feature
Color : Monochrome
Screening Format : -,HDCAM SR
Screen Size : Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ] YUGE Taro
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[ Story ]
Ide of the Kokusai Rayon Company visits a supermarket and finds cheap shirts being passed off as his company's products. But a closer look reveals that the last letter of "Kokusai" has been changed to "n" and reads "Kokusan." The buyers, however, are all under the impression that they are buying Kokusai shirts.
Ide begins an investigation to find out where the shirts are being made, but before he is able to uncover anything, he is killed on a train and his little black book, filled with secret data, is stolen. Sugino then starts a one-man search for both the killer and the factory turning out the cheap shirts.
He feels he is on a wild-goose chase until he remembers a friend who sends him to see Tago, once a prosperous merchant, who had gone bankrupt and whose daughter promises to help him.
From her, Sugino learns of a man who may be able to help but before they can get together, he is found dead. The police consider it suicide, but Sugino knows better.
Sugino begins to trail Kakiuchi, the seller of the cheap shirts although Tago warns him that his life is in danger. Shortly after this, Tago disappears. The next day, the papers report a fire and that Kakiuchi has died in the flames. Sugino is bitterly disappointed.
Sugino is forced to return to his office. It is Yukiko, Tago's daughter, working for Terasawa, formerly her father's employee and now the owner of a chain of supermarkets, who uncovers the fact that Terasawa and Kakiuchi are really half-brothers and that Kakiuchi had not died in the flames as reported but is very much alive.
Encouraged by Yukiko's discovery, Sugino redoubles his efforts to find Ide's true murderer, and he is in the nick of time to save Yukiko from Terasawa who proves to be the man behind the scenes masterminding the ruin and deaths of so many men to establish his supermarket empire.
【Quoted from the database of Kadokawa Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1964 7.1】
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