Detective Bureau 2-3 is the 1963 Japanese action film directed by Seijun Suzuki. The yakuza groups are at war with each other because of gun smuggling. Enter P.I. Hideo Tajima, the head of Detective Bureau 2-3. He convinces the police to use him as a spy, since the mobs don’t know him. They agree and he becomes Ichiro Tanaka, a yakuza member who has just been released from jail. He also has to deal with ex-girlfriends while infiltrating the yakuza. However, he is soon exposed as an undercover agent. Can Tajima solve the case without losing his life?
While it’s a typical Japanese thriller, it crackles with energy thanks to Suzuki’s directing. It actually would have made a decent TV series. It’s not his most visually creative work, but it’s still entertaining. Unusually, the film has some musical numbers. Tajima even sings a duet with one of the women. The plot is decent and there’s a nice twist that a Japanese Roman Catholic church is acting as a front for the yakuza. Honolulu Japanese thriller fans may want to watch this film.
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