Toshio Masuda

  • Toshio Masuda – Shaso AKA Company Executives (1989)

    1981-1990AsianDramaJapanToshio Masuda

    A fierce succession battle ignites at a newspaper company when the president passes away.Read More »

  • Richard Fleischer & Kinji Fukasaku & Toshio Masuda – Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

    1961-1970ActionKinji FukasakuRichard FleischerToshio MasudaUSAWar

    Tora! Tora! Tora! Is the Japanese signal to attack – and this movie meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the events leading up to it. Opening scenes contrast the American and Japanese positions. Japanese imperialists decide to stage the attack. Top U.S. brass ignore its possibility. Intercepted Japanese messages warn of it – but never reach F.D.R.’s desk. Radar warnings are disregarded. Even the entrapment of a Japanese submarine in Pearl Harbor before the attack goes unreported. Ultimately the Day of Infamy arrives – in the most spectacular, gut-wrenching cavalcade of action.Read More »

  • Toshio Masuda – Shuto shôshitsu AKA Tokyo Blackout (1987)

    1981-1990JapanMysterySci-FiToshio Masuda

    Based on a science-fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu. Tokyo is suddenly covered by a dome shaped electromagnetic cloud for an unknown reason and is totally blocked and isolated from other parts of the world. The temperature inside the cloud is slowly increasing. The Soviet Pacific fleet is getting closer. The U.S. is forcing Japan to form a new government. Scientists and research workers outside Tokyo have to race against time to find out how to get through the cloud in order to rescue the 12,000,000+ lives in Tokyo and the fate of the country.Read More »

  • Toshio Masuda – Sabita naifu AKA Rusty Knife (1958)

    1951-1960CrimeFilm NoirJapanToshio Masuda


    Udaka is a new, post-war city where corruption has already taken hold. A persistent district attorney wants to arrest and convict Katsumata, a laughing, self-confident thug. The D.A. gets an anonymous letter about the suicide five years’ before of a city council member. Evidence about the case leads the D.A. to Tachibana, struggling to go straight after involvement with the mob and a prison sentence for killing the man responsible for the rape and suicide of his fiancée. One of Tachibana’s friends is Keiko, the daughter of the dead councilman and the ward of another powerful official. How do these stories connect?Read More »

  • Toshio Masuda – Kanzenna yugi AKA Perfect game (1958)

    1951-1960AsianDramaJapanToshio Masuda


    In recent years, director Toshio Masuda has worked on the international stage with action-oriented movies such as Tora! Tora! Tora! and the Space Cruiser Yamato films. But he began his career in the middle-late 1950s with The Perfect Game (aka Kanzen Na Yuugi), a shockingly amoral tale of delinquency, rape, and murder that was to Japan, what In Cold Blood was to American cinema. It was among the earliest works in the career of a director who has generated little except major box office hits in Japan since the 1950s. …says Criterion. Or in short: young Akira Kobayashi of Nikkatsu’s diamond line fame’s cool combined with a tale about a heist which goes terribly wrong.Read More »

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