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Tokyo Drifter (Criterion Collection) (1966)

Cast: Tetsuya Watari, Tetsuya Watari, Tamio Kawachi, more...
Director: Seijun Suzuki, Seijun Suzuki
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Japan, Gangsters, Yakuza, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Tokyo Drifter stands with Branded to Kill as one of the best-known and most acclaimed films of Seijun Suzuki, one of Japan's most talented maverick directors. A colorful riot of an action drama, Tokyo Drifter, like many of Suzuki's films, transforms a standard gangster film plot into a vehicle for his own loopy brand of filmmaking, featuring gorgeous cinematography, unconventional storytelling techniques, and a dark sense of humor. This particular example centers on Tetsu, a yakuza member who, when his gang is disbanded, remains loyal to his boss and attempts to go straight. This is no easy task, however, as the yakuza are determined to get him back into the life -- or kill him if he refuses. The pressure soon forces Tetsu to go on the road, becoming the "Tokyo drifter" of the title, but even this is not enough to prevent his past from violently catching up with him. The film's choreographed action and vibrant color palette make the frequent action sequences, including one of the most raucous barroom brawls ever put on film, seem almost like musical numbers, resulting in a spectacularly entertaining and truly original take on the gangster drama. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

comic look by rarcher April 27, 2006 - 7:53 AM PDT
the whole movie looks like a comic book - i liked that quite a bit - very nice use of light, shade, color blocks, etc
the actual storyline, etc didn't do much for me or hold my interest
at 1 point some guy shows up and just starts tripping people like that's his superpower or something - that cracked me up
so comic look + tripping dude = bonus points
rest = whatever

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