Irezumi ichidai (Tattooed Life) (1966)
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What a playful use of colors and entertaining sword fight sequence! The aesthetics of Seijun Suzuki is at its highest here.
Not a huge fan of Seijun Suzuki's films but if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be this one. Hideki Takahashi owns in the role of Tetsu, a reformed Yakuza hitman who desperately wants to keep his talented artist kid brother Kenji from following in his footsteps, so he and his brother hope to go on the lam and end up in another country but that falls short when a con man steals their money and forces them to take jobs on a construction site. The Yakuza are hot on Tetsu's trail and its only a matter of time before one of the greatest one man sword battles is set into play.
Suzuki's storytelling is almost always overshadowed by his sense of style but that doesn't mean it's bad. Sure, it's almost cookie cutter but I believe he knows how to balance style and substance pretty well even if his style carries most everything else. There's genuine moments of sadness in this movie and it's surprisingly not as slow as you may think and it does build up until the last five minutes into a finale that' unforgettable.
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