Known as one of the pioneers to establish the Nikkatsu "mood action" genre, Mio Ezaki incorporates road movie scenes with a new theme song sung by Tetsuya Watari, bringing a new flare to the third installment of the "Outlaw" series. This film is based on the confessions of ex-gangster Goro Fujita, who also composed the lyrics for the theme song.
Wherever he goes, trouble follows Goro like a shadow. Continuing in the storyline of its predecessor, the film begins with Tetsuya Watari heading north to Aomori to make amends for his past wrongdoings. Co-director of the first film, Keiichi Ozawa marks a stunning directorial debut with "Gangster VIP 2”.
The film stars Tetsuya Watari who plays Goro, a gangster who was sent to prison for three years for stabbing a hitman (Machida Kyosuke) who belonged to the rival gang called the Aokis. On his release from prison, Goro finds out his gang is in decline and learns that the hitman he stabbed is still alive.
To fulfill a prison mate's dying wish, and to right what is wrong, Goro will kill again. Tetsuya Watari meets his archenemy Shuusuke Shirayama, a rival gangster who also wants to part with the yakuza ways. Keiichi Ozawa returns to direct the fourth part of the "Outlaw" series.
"Black Dagger" is the fifth successful installment of the "Outlaw" series. This movie premiered in theaters on December 28th 1968, only one month after the release of "Goro the Assassin". With stop motion visual effects and calm narratives of Tetsuya Watari decorating the fight scenes, this yakuza classic remains as a favorite amongst many Nikkatsu noir fans.