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The Gene Siskel Film Center kicks off a weekly series of action flicks from Japan's Nikkatsu studio with this austere, western-themed gangster saga (1967), filmed in black-and-white wide screen by director Takashi Nomura. A grim and lonely sniper (apple-cheeked Jo Shishido) is engaged by a gang to assassinate a rival crime boss, but after he methodically targets and kills his prey, his employers give him up to the other side. Nomura makes the most of the long frame in his thrilling climax, as the hero fights off a half-dozen riflemen on a broad plain, telephone wires stretching off into the distance. In Japanese with subtitles. 84 min.

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