Black Lizard

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Black Lizard ★★ Kurotokage 1968

A camp spectacle set in the Japanese underworld. The Lizard is the glamorous queen of Tokyo crime who plots to steal a famous diamond by first kidnapping the owner's daughter. Complications arise when she falls for a detective. The Lizard is played by female impersonator Maruyama. Mishima, who wrote the original drama and the screenplay, has a cameo as an embalmed corpse. Style is all. In Japanese with English subtitles. 112m/C VHS . JP Akihiro Maruyama, Isao Kimura, Yukio Mishima, Kikko Matsuoka; D: Kinji Fukasaku; W: Yukio Mishima.