When a drunk-driving gangster accidentally kills the owner of a billboard company with his car, the old man’s daughter and his staff (all orphaned young men) balk at the modest compensation offered up by his lawyer. Sadao (singer Koji Wada) confronts the man and ends up with his picture in the paper for smashing up the man’s office. The picture catches the eye of an attorney who has been searching for the lost heir to the Matsudaira clan of Awaji island (which, coincidentally, the Yakuza man has plans to develop into the “Monaco of Japan”). Sadao and his orphaned buddies attempt to prevent his aged grandmother from being shaken down by the gangster, his goons, and his lawyers. Sadao also wants to find his unknown mother who turns out to be closer than he realizes. —Dvd Beaver
Seijun Suzuki (鈴木 清順, Suzuki Seijun?), born Seitaro Suzuki (鈴木 清太郎 Suzuki Seitarō) on May 24, 1923, is a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are renowned by film enthusiasts worldwide for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded his magnum opus, Branded to Kill (1967), starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal but was blacklisted for 10 years. As an independent filmmaker he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991).
His films remained widely unknown outside of Japan until a series… read more