A Colt Is My Passport

Koruto wa ore no pasupooto

dir. Takashi Nomura

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A super-cool hitman and his guitar-strumming sidekick have to shoot their way out of town when they become trapped between rival mobs in this riotous fusion of the French New Wave, spaghetti westerns and Hollywood film noir.

A riotous fusion of styles that combines elements of the French New Wave, spaghetti westerns and Hollywood films noirs, the awesomely titled A Colt Is My Passport is an enormously entertaining minor classic. The ubiquitous Joe Shishido is a hard-boiled hired killer commissioned by a local gang to take down a rival boss. He pulls the job off with his customary efficiency, but everything goes to hell anyway: his employers are unhappy with his methods, while his victim's cronies, thirsty for revenge, trace the job back to him, forcing the taciturn triggerman and his guitar-strumming sidekick to try and shoot their way out of town. Featuring a fantastic final showdown in a barren, wind-whipped desert wasteland, A Colt Is My Passport is "a hot, blistering belch of action savagery and truck-stop heartbreak!" (Chuck Stephens).

A Colt Is My Passport screens free as part of Bell Free Weekend.