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Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards!

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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FROM THE LEGENDARY DIRECTOR OF TOKYO DRIFTER AND BRANDED TO KILL

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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Product Details

  • Actors: Jo Shishido
  • Directors: Seijun Suzuki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U3TPPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By JBJB on September 14, 2015
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It's kind of refreshing to see something like this. Just plot plot plot, not much character development or anything, and it doesn't quite take itself seriously, I could get behind that. Really the best part of the movie is the scenery from Japan back when, as well as those now-classic Japanese cars. The least interesting cars in the movie is the main character's MG.
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Rather than give you a plot summary that you could easily live without (not to mention the fact that Amazon has printed said summary above), I'll cut right to the chase:

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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Detective Bureau 2-3 is a masterpiece of campy action and is everything a hard-boiled detective movie should be.
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This movie was cheesy and cool all at the same time. Well worth the rental and time to watch.
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By Mishka on July 25, 2013
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60s Japanese Awesomeness! Really fun movie. A little silly, a little campy, but awesome. Suzuki has a knack for making the story both entertaining and well layered.
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Perfect campy detective story!
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This movie could easily be made into a video game. It's packed with everything you need in an action film.
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It's great!
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