The Setting Sun

The Setting Sun

Movie: The Setting Sun
Director: Ro Tomono
Produced by: Nikkatsu
Released By: Cinema Arts Entertainment
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Directed by Akira Tomono, this lavish historical epic was a celebration of Nikkatsu studio’s 80th year anniversary. Set during the run up to World War II, the film centers on Tatsuma Kaya, a brooding secret agent for the Japanese Imperial Army. His mission is to gather funds for Japan’s impending invasion of Manchuria by any means necessary. That includes robbing a Chinese bank and selling salt in the Manchurian countryside at ludicrously inflated prices. Kaya’s life gets ever more complicated when he runs into an old lover, a Chinese cabaret singer and cat burglar named Lian. Later, Kaya is forced to start selling opium when his superiors threaten Lian’s life. This ultimately leads to an ugly confrontation with ruthless gang boss. Donald Sutherland also appears as a rapacious Hong Kong bureaucrat.

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