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Tokyo Drifter

Seijun Suzuki

 
Tokyo Drifter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1966
  • 82 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #39

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.

Credits

DirectorSeijun Suzuki
ProducerTetsuro Nakagawa
Assistant directorMasami Kuzuu
Original story and screenplayKouhan Kawauchi
CinematographyShigeyoshi Mine
EditingChikaya Inoue
Production designTakeo Kimura
MusicHajime Kaburagi
Theme song byTetsuya Watari

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Video piece featuring new interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and assistant director Masami Kuzuu
  • Interview with Suzuki from 1997
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Howard Hampton

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Tokyo Drifter: Catch My Drift

By Howard Hampton December 13, 2011

A perfectly pop extravaganza, Seijun Suzuki’s mod madhouse of a film evinces its maker’s visual élan in every frame. Read more »


Film Essays

Tokyo Drifter

By Manohla Dargis February 22, 1999

To experience a film by Japanese B-movie visionary Seijun Suzuki is to experience Japanese cinema in all its frenzied, voluptuous excess. Born in Tokyo in 1923, Seijun Suzuki is best known for a . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Current_tokyodrifterfgthumb_thumbnail

Tokyo Drifter: Catch My Drift

By Howard Hampton December 13, 2011

A perfectly pop extravaganza, Seijun Suzuki’s mod madhouse of a film evinces its maker’s visual élan in every frame. Read more »


Dispatches

Takeo Kimura, 1918–2010

By Chuck Stephens April 06, 2010

In “the cinema of flourishes”—as scholar David Bordwell once memorably characterized the long and grand tradition of Japanese filmmaking—few flourish makers have flown so high as Takeo Kimura, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Tokyo Drifter

By Manohla Dargis February 22, 1999

To experience a film by Japanese B-movie visionary Seijun Suzuki is to experience Japanese cinema in all its frenzied, voluptuous excess. Born in Tokyo in 1923, Seijun Suzuki is best known for a . . . Read more »