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Le samouraï

The samurai
(DVD - 2005 - French)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Le samouraï


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Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nighclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
Title: Le samouraï
The samurai
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] :, Criterion Collection,, c2005
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: new video interviews with Jean-Pierre Melville historians Rui Nogueira and Ginette Vincendeau; collection of excerpts from archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, Cathy Rosier, Nathalie Delon and François Périer; theatrical trailer; a new essay by film scholar David Thomson and reprinted tribute by filmmaker John Woo
Originally released as a French motion picture in 1967
Series numbering from container spine
Summary: Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nighclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
Alternate Title: Samurai
ISBN: 0780030184
Branch Call Number: 7.914 S19
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Report This Mar 25, 2014
  • pigweed rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I agree with the post that mentions that is is much like This Gun for Hire (1942). I suggest that if you haven't seen the Alan Ladd film that you check out both of them and watch This Gun for Hire last.

Report This Oct 23, 2011
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you're a beginner with French New Wave, best to start here. There is more story and character, and less moody galoises smoking. May be "too cool for school", for some. And somewhat of a rip-off of This Gun For Hire.

Report This Oct 04, 2011
  • davidf89 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very cool and stylish film, one could compare it to Collateral but this is better made and more abstract and imaginative (in my opinion) than the aforementioned Collateral.

Report This Dec 18, 2009
  • fblichert rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining film about a reclusive hitman in Paris who goes after the mobsters who double-crossed him, while trying to elude a suspicious detective. In many ways ahead of it's time, this dark and cool film was one of the main inspirations for Jim Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog."

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Report This Dec 19, 2013
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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