Murders & Acquisitions

Murders & Acquisitions

Lethal hostile takeovers and boardroom back (and front and side) stabbing in an ARROW season focussed on everything from middle management murder to liberties-taking bosses getting their comeuppance and salarymen pushed to the edge, 'Murders & Acquisitions' will test whether you have a head for big business. And whether you can keep it on your shoulders. It’s a cutthroat world out there but remember: it’s not personal, it's just business.

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Murders & Acquisitions
  • Calamity of Snakes

    1982 • Taiwan (Province of China) • Directed by William Cheung Kei

    After a businessman kills thousands of snakes in a pit while they are building a new apartment building. The people living there soon become attacked by millions of snakes with a vengeance.

  • Yakuza Graveyard

    1976 • Japan • Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

    When he falls for the beautiful wife of the jailed boss of the Nishida gang, things start to spiral out of control for detective Kuroiwa (Tetsuya Watari, Graveyard of Honour). In a world where the line between police and organised crime is vague, he find...

  • Giants and Toys

    1958 • Japan • Directed by Yasuzô Masumura

    Giants and Toys is a sharp and snappy corporate satire revolving around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry. As a new recruit to the marketing department of World Caramel, fresh-faced graduate Nishi (Hiros...

  • The Black Report

    Yasuzo Masumura based his story on prize winning Edogawa Ranpo's book [Hanayaka na shitai]. A Food Company's boss is killed and there comes the search for his murderer.

  • Black Test Car

    Japanese maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (Blind Beast) helms a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry in his 1962 landmark 'Black Test Car', which launched a series of similarly themed "Black" films. In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war betw...

  • The Sleeping Beast Within

    1960 • Japan • Directed by Seijun Suzuki

    A businessman returns from an extended trip, but something seems off. Criminal operations and religious cults come into play, while the man's daughter and her journalist boyfriend race to find the truth.

  • Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

    What do you get when you cross Afro-futurism, Cold War paranoia, the dystopian world of Philip K. Dick and 60s exploitation cinema, along with a hefty dose of Lynchian surrealism? The answer: 'Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway', the second feature by Miguel Llanso ('Crumbs') and one of the m...

  • Audition

    2001 · Japan · Directed by Takashi Miike

    One of the most notorious J-horror films ever made, Takashi Miike’s Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such...

  • Battles Without Honour and Humanity

    When Battles Without Honour and Humanity first hit Japanese screens in January 1973, partially inspired by the success of The Godfather, it blasted out a new Ground Zero for crime cinema not only in Japan, but in the rest of the world, and spawned a legendary series that would lead to additional ...

  • The Comic

    Stand-up comedy can be a cut-throat business, but in Sam Coex's world, it's downright murder! From the annals of bizarre cinema comes perhaps the most bizarre one of them all - 1985's The Comic!

    In a dystopian police state reality of indeterminate time and place, orange bouffant-haired comedian ...

  • Tokyo Fist

    Once again Shinya Tsukamoto steps out from behind the camera and stars as Tsuda, the archetypal Japanese salary man, a cog in the machine seemingly cut off from his own being by hours and hours of work. He's married to polite and compliant Hizuru (Kahori Fujii), the dictionary definition of an id...

  • Tetsuo - The Iron Man

    A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese "salaryman", out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of dis...

  • Bullet Ballet

    Goda (Shinya Tsukamoto) is a thirty-something documentary filmmaker. While his work may seem intriguing to some, his life is absolutely average - long hours at the office, drinks after work and an equally busy girlfriend: Kiriko, that he's been with for a decade. No surprises. No detours. No shoc...