Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Though Suzuki made it in the midst of his stylistic breakthrough, The Call of Blood has never received the same level of attention as other films of his from around the same period. Nikkatsu icons Hideki Takahashi and Akira Kobayashi star as brothers—one a gangster, the other an ad man—who unite to avenge their yakuza father’s death 18 years earlier. The film features a bold use of color; an absurdist climactic gunfight; and, in one memorable scene, an impressively illogical use of rear projection as the brothers argue in a car while ocean waves rage around them. Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation.