Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards!
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STARRING JAPANESE SUPERSTAR JO SHISHIDO (BRANDED TO KILL and A COLT IS MY PASSPORT)
Assigned a standard Yakuza film in the hardboiled vein pioneered at Japan s famed Nikkatsu Studios, director Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) and his frequent leading man Jo Shishido used 1963 s Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! to flip the Japanese gangster film genre on its ear. A rapid fire gun heist, credits with an infectious jazz pop score, and a wide-screen close-up of a burning car announce Detective Bureau 2-3 as the film that would both lampoon and redefine Asian crime films for an irreverent new decade of garish panache and ultra-violent cool. The story follows police detective Tajima (Shishido), who, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a bloodbath -- while Suzuki transforms a colorful potboiler into an on-target send-up of cultural colonialism and post-war greed. (This isn t an American TV series,) one of Tajima s doubting subordinates tells the sharkskin-suited, super suave sleuth. Anarchic, breakneck paced, darkly comic, and stylish to the extreme, Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! was a movie unlike anything audiences had ever seen. It would cement Suzuki s fervent popularity at home and heralded his imminent cult status worldwide.
1963 Japan 88 min. Color In Japanese with Optional English Subtitles Letterboxed (2.35:1) Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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Suzuki was beginning to hit his stride with 1963's 'Detective Bureau 2-3 Go To Hell Bastards'..
...and what a stride it was!
Shishido Jo is as tough and debonnaire as ever, pummeling his way through a seemingly endless stream of hoodlum warriors for a fair amount of the film's 89 minutes. No shortage of style here, either; Suzuki's signature frenetics are clearly blossoming right before our eyes. Not quite 'Branded To Kill' territory yet, but the road is clearly being paved. This is Suzuki at his pulpiest. Almost Roger Corman-esque, if Corman were less concerned with sheer exploitation and a little more savvy in regard to his visuals and overall aesthetic. It's difficult to compare something so utterly Japanese with something so uniquely - and absurdly - American. Regardless, a case can be made for such a comparison. Suzuki was putting his spin on the material he was given, as per usual - and much to the Nikkatsu studio head's dismay. (see Suzuki vs. Nikkatsu via Wikipedia)
If you're even considering this item, I assume you know of/are a fan of Seijun Suzuki. And if that's the case, if you've come this far, than I don't think you'll regret spending an hour and a half of your time in the hands of this director..
...and what glorious hands they are!
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A well written noir-ish film with humor, and good use of jazz music and camer work. An homage to the detective movies of the 40s and 50s. Very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.Published 22 months ago by allan glynn
No redeeming qualities. Just interesting way to pass the time. I would watch it again. It's entertaining in it's own way.Published on June 15, 2014 by Xian Lai
Great movie with lot's of action. It has a fun plot and zany acting.I Enjoyed it and recommended it to all.Published on September 1, 2013 by francisco bombino