Director Seijun Suzuki is a prime example of the Japanese New Wave. He made films like Branded To Kill (1967) filled with violence, atmosphere, and vibrant cinematography. So it’s no surprise that he cut his teeth making film noir. The movie starts with an attack on a police van transporting prisoners. Two die and the guard on duty is put on 6 months suspension. For him that means time to turn private detective and figure out who hit the police van and why.
This isn’t the best Suzuki film out there and hardly one of the best film noir’s around, but if you put the plot aside you will see Suzuki’s trademark style waiting for a better film.