The Eagle And The Hawk
Washi to Taka / 鷲と鷹
1957, Umetsugu Inoue, Japan, 115 min. With Yujiro Ishihara, Rentaro Mikuni.
- Fri, Jun 8th 4:00pm
- Sat, Jun 9th 5:15pm
This murder mystery and revenge drama involves a boatload of sexual tension, rough humor, and a tune or two in a two-fisted sea-going saga capitalizing on the hunky bare-chested appeal of its co-stars. Trouble comes in pairs on a cargo ship about to depart for Hong Kong, when two men, Senkichi (Ishihara of THE STORMY MAN and THE WINNER), an insolent brawler toting a ukulele, and Sasaki (Mikuni of Imamura's VENGEANCE IS MINE), also handy with his fists, come aboard, each claiming to be the new hire to replace a dead crew member. Not long out of port, two female stowaways are discovered, one the captain's pampered daughter. Director Inoue keeps the plot edgy, swinging between the humor of escalating male horseplay and the sinister heat of lust for the women. A monster storm (shot during an actual life-threatening typhoon) puts a new twist in the film's ultimate mission to track a murderer. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)