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also known as Tôkyô nagaremono

Tokyo Drifter1966

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  • 4.0
In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu's attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Director Seijun Suzuki's onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colors is equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller and Nagisa Oshima. An anything, goes, in-your-face rampage. TOKYO DRIFTER is a delirious highlight of the brilliantly excessive Japanese cinema of the sixties.

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Seijun Suzuki's kaleidoscopic gangbuster is a feast for the eyes that lies in a cinematic color palate somewhere between the burnt orange Los Angeles of POINT BLANK, and the cool blue-grey Paris of LE SAMURAI. This movie starts with a bang and ends with a bang. In between there is introspection, melancholy, and questions to the nature of loyalty, honor, and tradition. Highly stylized and visually breathtaking, this is Suzuki’s penultimate prelude to his amazing cinematic meltdown, BRANDED TO KILL!

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Seijun Suzuki's kaleidoscopic gangbuster is a feast for the eyes that lies in a cinematic color palate somewhere between the burnt orange Los Angeles of POINT BLANK, and the cool blue-grey Paris of LE SAMURAI. This movie starts with a bang and ends with a bang. In between there is introspection, melancholy, and questions to the nature of loyalty, honor, and tradition. Highly stylized and visually breathtaking, this is Suzuki’s penultimate prelude to his amazing cinematic meltdown, BRANDED TO KILL!

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A fucking masterpiece. Anyone who tells you otherwise has lost their sense of duty

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A EXCELLENT MOVI FAST PACED EXCEPTIONALLY ACTED AND VERY ENTRTAINING TO WATCH A FULL TIME OF ENJOYMENT AND A COOL JAPANESE GANGSTER MOVIE AS WELL A HIGHLY SUGGEST IT FOR ENTERTAINMENT... INTERESTING SCENERY AND BACKGROUND AS WELL!.

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There is an almost Cubist quality to the film, which invites the viewer to participate in the construction of the tale. The bold colors add to this, marking the story as one that can only exist in imagination where all worthwhile dilemmas abide.

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Silly but cool looking fun!

'Tokyo Drifter' is rambunctious, over-the-top, absurd, and confusing. And that's what it's supposed to be. Suzuki goes overboard (though albeit not as much as in his next film 'Branded to Kill'), taking a normal yakuza plotline where the decent kid tries to get out of the gangster lifestyle only to be constantly hounded by it, and completely decimating the cohesive nature of the story. Things happen and then we find out about it two scenes later; people get shot and begin to whistle without dying; the set itself begins to dissolve as the plot becomes anarchy, nihilism, and duty. You will struggle to find a more beautiful film than this; Suzuki's sets react to the characters and project their inner workings, and the cinematography is unconventionally brilliant.