Blackmail Is My Life (1968)

The bad guys (four men and one woman, all young and good looking) have a lot of fun, and carry a lot of poise. As rank amateurs they are lucky and, between racing around in their car, show a lot of cool style. It's 1968 in Japan, and it feels like maybe 1964 in the U.S., with people still wearing suits and looking good doing it. Eventually, they get in over their heads, but we don't really worry at first. They often say vague things like, "We'll go ahead with out plan," but they never say what they are planning. And then the plan happens, and it's fast and jazzy, in a kind of extended television way. The plot is kind of interesting, digging into the underworld of Japan in this sideways fashion.

Original Title: Kyokatsu koso Waga Jinsei
Language: Japanese
Release Date: 1/1/1968
Runtime: 90 mins
Status: Released
Links: IMDB
Crime Drama Thriller Foreign