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Tokyo Drifter

Tokyo Drifter (1966)

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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,

Feb 23, 1999

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Inspired lunacy.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A 1966 yakuza gangster thriller with a pop-art look by the formidable B-movie director Seijun Suzuki.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A style that works only with a sure hand.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: IdentityTheory
IdentityTheory

...plays like a mix of spaghetti western and samurai melodrama relocated to the pop-art splendor of 1960s Japan...

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

It's the camera trickery and the playful art direction that send up the entire image of the badass yakuza to begin with.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

Distills the aesthetic of the 1960s into one feature-length blast.

June 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A falta de coesão narrativa é mais do que compensada pelo visual marcante concebido por Suzuki, que cria uma fantasia psicodélica através da direção de arte estilizada, da fotografia com cores marcantes e da música-tema repetida continuamente.

January 19, 2007
Cinema em Cena

magine what a yakuza thriller might look like if it were codirected by Jean-Luc Godard and John Woo, adding a little Sergio Leone and Jean-Pierre Melville, then multiplied by 10.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Filled with flights of outrageous excesses.

May 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Narrative common sense is abandoned for fractured, highly satisfying storytelling.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Tokyo Drifter

Makes no damn sense at all. Pretty colors though. This was like a Daniel Clowes yakuza comic with more than a few pages missing.
October 25, 2007
brooklynspo

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The first Yakuza film I've ever seen, and for me, a real eye-opener. I love movies about trying to leave a life of crime behind, and I really enjoyed this one and got behind the hero, Tetsu. If you're a Tarantino fan, watching this (or other Suzuki films) will put his work (particularly the Kill Bill films) into proper context. Exotic music, insanely bright colours, and as far as I'm aware, the earliest instance in my viewing history of the supered-on-the-screen text that we're seeing more and more in North American films, too. A window into 60s Japanese pop culture, and like nothing I've ever seen before.
February 2, 2013
danperry17

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A pop 60's aesthetic, a cool like Steve McQueen, a powder blue seersucker suit and an indescribable plot miraculously combine in this B-movie chic from Japan about a mob guy (the Yakusa, baby!) trying to go straight. As another made guy famously said: "... every time I try to get out they drag me back in!"
May 30, 2012
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  • Tokyo Drifter (Tokyo nagaremono) (UK)
  • Tokyo Drifter (Tokyo nagaremono) (CA)
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