Danger Pays: ”Danger’s where is the money at.”

Year: 1962
Directed by Kô Nakahira
Produced by
Written by Ichirô Ikeda,Michio Tsuzuki, and Tadaaki Yamazaki
Cast: Jô Shishido, Hiroyuki Nagato, Ruriko Asaoka, Arihiro Fujimura, Eiji Gô, Bokuzen Hidari, Kôjirô Kusanagi, Torahiko Hamada, Daizaburo Hirata, Toyoko Takechi, Zenji Yamada, and Keisuke Noro

When an opportunity arises, various parties all chase after a famous counterfeiter to create counterfeit money to hit it big.

Danger Pays is the necessary counterpoint that must exist in a time where most crime films are dark and gloomy. Heist pictures do tend to be a slightly more light-hearted but Danger Pays isn’t just the zany Japanese cousin of Ocean’s 11. It’s a delightful romp that satiates in its own silliness for a never-ending stream of amusing hijinks. While ensuing wackiness is far from a rare commodity, Danger Pays impresses not only for its entertaining slapstick and a cast of boisterous personalities as well. Jô Shishido gets the chance to show a lighter side to his acting from playing an unrepentant wisecracker. Tomoko is the lovable sidekick that probably deserves her own spin off. Her cheeky demeanor gets at the fun spirit of Danger Pays that is so imprudent yet funloving. The rest of the other boisterous heroes if you can call them are enjoyable eccentrics. While the villains are too agreeable to be taken seriously as villains, one could say their incompetence is just inherent to the wacky galore.

Danger Pays’s humor is a fast paced dynamic between its creative slapstick and cutthroat but endearing wit. There is little break in the fun ambiance since the cast’s chemistry is really strong and the plot while is sparse is always moving forward.

A fun-loving heist picture that goes against the grain. It is an adventurous frolic that we need occasionally to remind us there is nothing shameful about a little escapist fun.

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