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7.6
/10
1,460 Ratings

Tokyo Drifter

Tôkyô nagaremono

Directed by Seijun Suzuki
Japan, 1966
Action, Drama, Crime

Synopsis

In Seijun Suzuki’s free-jazz gangster film, reformed killer “Phoenix” Tetsu drifts around Japan, awaiting his own execution until he’s called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang.

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Tokyo Drifter Directed by Seijun Suzuki
It’s a veritable pop-art extravaganza, complete with James Bond flare, Vincente Minnelli-esque musical numbers, a Western-inspired saloon straight out of Pioneertown, and mordant product placement…for hair dryers.
January 15, 2016
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Released well after its maker had taken leave of such trivialities as narrative cohesion, this deconstructed gem functions more as a collection of tropes than a story: a hood trying to go straight, doomed molls, rival hitmen and blind, misplaced loyalty. Suzuki warps everything through a Pop Art prism to produce a mad jumble of hyperchromatic images of Day-Glo suns and blown-out black and white.
November 11, 2015
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A technicolor explosion of style akin to the Pop Art of the era, Suzuki and [art director] Kimura employ color in bold and unique ways, one sparkling cinemascope frame followed by another. “A man’s life bleeds away in crimson colors,” we’re told. In this film, it does so, remarkably.
March 28, 2015
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