Tokyo Drifter by Seijun Suzuki |Seijun Suzuki, Tetsuya Watari, Tamio Kawachi, Hideaki Nitani | 715515090612 | Blu-ray | Barnes & Noble
Tokyo Drifter

Tokyo Drifter

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Director: Seijun Suzuki

Cast: Seijun Suzuki, Tetsuya Watari, Tamio Kawachi, Hideaki Nitani

     
 

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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

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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.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Viewers approaching Tokyo Drifter for the first time are well advised to buckle their seats, for Drifter is an incredible roller-coaster ride of a movie, a rich cinematic experience that dazzles and overwhelms its audience. What's particularly amazing is that it achieves this goal with the use of a screenplay that is filled with flaws, most notably gaping plot holes that would sink most other films. But Drifter is helmed by the visionary Seijun Suzuki, who, once he hit his stride, revealed himself to be a true madman of the cinema. But Suzuki's madness is born of genius, and it fills virtually every frame of Drifter. Visually, the film is a feast, a tribute to the grand and gaudy old musicals of MGM's peak period, even though the subject matter couldn't be more distant from those films. Colors play an essential thematic role in each segment, reaching a climax in a gunfire-filled scene in which the colors of the wall change suddenly and with no logical reason -- but with tremendous emotional effect. The photography is glorious, the use of music fascinating, and the editing stunning. While Drifter flirts with gimmickry, the director's "tricks" somehow come across as organic; they become the point of the film, and it's a wonderful thing to behold.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2011
UPC:
0715515090612
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
26,305

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Video piece featuring new interviews with Director SeijunSuzuki and Assistant Director Masami Kuzuu; Interview with Suzuki from 1997; Trailer

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