Rififi in Tokyo


1h 38m 1963

Brief Synopsis

Van Ekken, an old gangster, arrives in Tokyo to direct a bank hold-up, to get a very valuable diamond, so big it's named Titan. Riquet was to be his second-in-command, but a rival gang shoots him down before the big day. Marsen, Riquet's friend, substitutes for him. Françoise, the companion of another gang member, will compromise the attack to the vault, but eventually they get past that. Yet, not all the gangsters will make it out of the security vault - and Van Ekken, caught, and having lost face, will do as an old Samurai...

Film Details

Also Known As
Rififi à Tokyo
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 Mar 1963
Production Company
C. C. M.; CIPRA
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Van Hekken, an international jewel thief, arrives in Japan with a plan for stealing a priceless diamond which is kept in the electronically protected vault of the Bank of Tokyo. Also interested in the gem is an underworld ruler who, with his gangsters, arranges for the murder of Van Hekken's accomplice, Danny Riquet. Following Riquet's death, Riquet's old Army buddy Carl Mersen joins Van Hekken to avenge his friend's slaying. Further trouble arises when Mersen becomes involved with Françoise Merigne, the wife of Van Hekken's electrical expert. The trio eventually makes its way into the bank vault, and Van Hekken acquires the cherished jewel. As he is about to leave, however, an iron-barred door descends from the ceiling and imprisons him inside the vault. He offers the diamond to Mersen who refuses it. As Mersen escapes from the bank, he hears Van Hekken shoot himself to avoid capture.

Film Details

Also Known As
Rififi à Tokyo
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 Mar 1963
Production Company
C. C. M.; CIPRA
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Filmed in Tokyo. Opened in Paris in March 1963 as Rififi à Tokyo at 98 min. Italian title: Rififì a Tokyo.