NIKKATSU DIAMOND GUYS REVIEWED
“Nikkatasu Diamond Guys” returns with a second volume. Tokyo Mighty Guy is the first film up, as it launched a film series that proved successful for Nikkatsu. It’s cool in the sense of the Suzuki films, but it lacks any narrative punch-up. “Danger Pays” is more of an action comedy that feels like the kind of schlock that Cannon would produce in the mid 1980s. Then, there’s “Murder Unincorporated” which plays like the best of Noir mixed with Shane Black sensibilities. The second volume is far more eclectic than the first, but I can see people not gravitating to this set.
The reason being is that the excessive reliance on action comedy can rub people wrong. It’s not like they’re going to be offended, but humor with action tends to go ignored. The best example of this is with the best film on the set “Murder Unincorporated”. Joe Shishido plays a mysterious mob enforcer who picks off one of the top gangsters in the country. The musical score telegraphs the humor of the material, but honestly this could be a peak Hitchcock film about the wrong person upgrading their status in a world above their means. Amazing work all around.
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