“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.”
— 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. Yujiro Ishihara (CRAZED FRUIT), a 1950s subculture icon, 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 and tailed by a determined cop.