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Black Test Car (1962)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Black Test Car

Yasuzo Masumura | Japan | 1962 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 18 Sep 2024

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Masumura’s hard-edged thriller about rival car companies who resort to espionage, blackmail, dirty dealing and sabotage to gain market dominance, is a coruscating vision of the excesses and ruthlessness of Japanese corporate culture during the “economic miracle” of the 1950s and 1960s. Sleekly shot in black-and-white ’scope, this is amongst the director’s most purely pleasurable, engaging and fast-paced films, managing to imbue its speed-driven images of sportscar “tests” and competitive masculinity with a dark ethos. With Jiro Tamiya and Eiji Funakoshi.

Format: DCP
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Kadokawa
Runtime: 95 mins

Event duration

95 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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