• 1 hr 32 min
  • Detective Film
    Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
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Portland Oregonian

By Kim Morgan
Beautifully acted, the film is touchingly human and, thankfully, devoid of any vapid, ironic kitsch.
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80

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A wildly entertaining detective thriller that succeeds entirely on its own terms.
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80

Village Voice

By Dennis Lim
At heart, a work of infectious, unironic affection.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
Kaizo Hayashi's homage to noir B movies, both Japanese and American, is successful as a true labor of love.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Segues confidently from broad humor to tense drama.
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50

Chicago Reader

By Lisa Alspector
The gangster-movie plot, themes, and allusions aren't nearly as intriguing as the earnestly kitschy black-and-white wide-screen images or...
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40

The New York Times

By Dave Kehr
A mildly amusing Japanese appropriation of 1950's American detective movies.
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38

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Mostly an unfunny, rather dull affair.
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