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Abashiri Prison (網走番外地, Abashiri Bangaichi) aka A Man from Abashiri Prison is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Teruo Ishii and starring Ken Takakura. It is the first entry in the Abashiri Bangaichi / Abashiri Prison series. Highly successful, it was the first hit in the yakuza film genre.[2] It made a star of Takakura and Ishii directed ten more films in the series.[3]

Abashiri Prison
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Theatrical poster for Abashiri Prison (1965)
Directed byTeruo Ishii[1]
Written byTeruo Ishii
Hajime Itō
StarringKen Takakura
Music byMasao Yagi
CinematographyYoshikazu Yamasawa
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • April 18, 1965 (1965-04-18)
Running time
92 minutes



In Hokkaido's Abashiri Prison, Shinichi Tachibana, model prisoner with six months remaining in his sentence is handcuffed to Gonda, a hardened criminal. When Gonda and other inmates escape from the prison, Tachibana must go along.[3]



  1. ^ Infobox data from 網走番外地 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-08-07.; "網走番外地". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2009-08-05. and Abashiri Bangaichi (1965) on IMDb
  2. ^ Silver, Alain; James Ursini (2007). The gangster film reader. Limelight Editions. p. 66. ISBN 0-87910-332-9.
  3. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (2003). The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films. Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press. p. 156. ISBN 1-880656-76-0.

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