“Part noir, part youth rebellion/yakuza film and part love story, RED PIER has plenty of style, with some sweet oblique angles and loads of breathtaking shots -- including a picturesque cityscape moment that is out of this world amazing.” -- Griffin Bell, Letterboxd
Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting them to a series of wild genre pictures. These “Diamond Guys” films are relatively new to the U.S., and feature Nikkatsu’s leading talent at the peak of their game.
‘50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (CRAZED FRUIT) stars in RED PIER as “Jiro the Lefty”, a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in a crane accident, which turns out to be a cover-up for a murder. Jiro soon finds himself on the run, tailed by a determined cop.