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Tokyo Drifter (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Video interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and Masami Kuzuu
Interview with Suzuki from 1997
Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Howard Hampton
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The answer is "Tokyo Drifter", the 1966 film directed by Seijun Suzuki who has earned a worldwide following of cinema fans due to his experimental visual style, humor and nihilistic coolness that his style of films were ahead of its time.
While we are graced with films with visual style, humor and coolness by Beat Takeshi, Takashi Miike, Kazuaki Kiriya to name a few... Seijun Suzuki was part of the Nikkatsu company that churned two movies a week and had to work with a low budget, be creative and churn out a film within 25 days. Needless to say, executives didn't understand Suzuki's style, they criticized him, they talked down to him but what they didn't know was that his style was not being rebellious, it was his style.
You can call his style "surreal" but what Nikkatsu wanted was traditional-style filmmaking, Seijun Suzuki who created 40 B-movies for the company between 1956 and 1967 and he was anything but traditional.
After "Tokyo Drifter", he created two movies including his masterpiece "Branded to Kill" and the company had enough of Suzuki's style of filmmaking. While he never complained, he was fired from his job and successfully sued the company for wrongful dismissal but in Japanese business tradition, if you sue an entertainment company, you will be blacklisted (which still goes on today in Japan) and in this case, Suzuki was blacklisted for ten years.
In Japan, because he stood up to the big entertainment company, he became a counterculture icon and his films were shown at midnight screenings to a packed audience.Read more ›
While this seems like a tired narrative, the director Suzuki's vision is anything but tired. It's completely original. He uses pop culture references of the 1960s to fuel his little crime masterpiece. Those influences come through art direction, musical score, costuming, and finally his screen shots.
A lot of people will turn off to this movie because it doesn't follow a continuity flow we're used to seeing in films. The movie jumps from one shot to another without connecting shots, so it can be difficult to follow the plot. I didn't have a big problem with that, in fact, I appreciated this unique form of storytelling.
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A classic from the 60's, interesting for the editing, sets, and clothing.Published 3 months ago by Mark P
Great Yakuza mobster movie. Love the tone and setting of this movie. Memorable characters and setpieces. Great production put in by Criterion as always.Published on December 27, 2013 by LE
Watching this as a straight-ahead movie is difficult. The plot starts and stops and veers into strange places. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by marko a pyzyk
Every genre has its followers and though I enjoy different genres I cannot place this one. To me it is just a lot of pointless violence.Published on May 26, 2013 by Hashima Shata
Seijun Suzuki crafted one of my favorite Japanese New Wave films in 'Take Aim at the Police Van' (1960 - available in the collection: Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir (The... Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Christopher Barrett
No offense to the fans.
But just a warning if your expecting 007 Japanese style.
This film if I had to put it? Read more
This is the psychedelic sixties at its most wild and most Japanese. It's hard to follow, emotionally hollow, manic, and wonderful. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Jonathan
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