With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Saturday, November 07, 2015

SMASHING THE O-LINE reviewed; showing today at Suzuki Retrospective

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki
Smashing the O-Line / Mikkō zero rain
Directed By Seijun Suzuki
Japan, 1960, 83 minutes, 35mm
Japanese with English subtitles
When: Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 PM (Buy Tickets)
and Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 PM (Buy Tickets)
Where: Walter Reade Theater
165 W 65th Street, NYC

This crime thriller (listed at IMDB as Clandestine Zero Line) focuses on the rivalry of two journalists who work for different papers. One of them is utterly unscrupulous. He sells out friends, sex partners and informers after they've helped him get a scoop and are no longer of use to him. The other takes the high road, even if it means coming in second with the story. The two are brought together in the course of investigating a drug smuggling and human trafficking operation in this dark urban tale.

One of the many B-movies Suzuki made for Nikkatsu, the script and acting of Smashing the O-Line are both less than stellar. But it's certainly worth seeing, especially for Suzuki aficionados.

AsianCineFest Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars; recommended, but not with great enthusiasm.

These two screenings of Smashing the 0-Line are part of Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki, a twenty-one film retrospective programmed by Tom Vick, Curator of Film, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, and co-organized with the Japan Foundation. Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation.

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