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  • Actors: Tetsuya Watari, Matsubara Chieko, Nitani Hideaki, Kawaji Tamio, Go Eiji
  • Directors: Suzuki Seijun
  • Producers: Tetsuro Nakagawa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Yume Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J4PGQU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Japanese Yakuza thriller from visionary director Suzuki Seijun. Tetsu is a former hit man who has now joined his boss Kurata in going straight. But old rivalries soon lead to outbreaks of violence, and Tetsu, decked out with a stoic attitude and a handsome powder-blue suit, decides to leave the city in order to draw the heat away from Kurata. What follows is a vividly-designed pop odyssey complete with bursts of stylized violence and an off-beat genre-defying logic.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Palmer on 3 May 2010
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This is the only Seijun Suzuki film that I've seen; I think that this will be something I need to remedy sometime.

As noted in other reviews, the influence of this film can be seen in the work of more famous contemporary directors (including his equally talented countryman Takeshi "Beat" Kitano and the likes of Tarantino).

A superb, colourful gangster flick. It's a joyous and explosive mix of genres - you can see the influence of pulpy noir, western and musical in less than an hour and a half. In fairness, the plot isn't particularly high in the filmmakers mind, but I don't particularly care. When something looks this good it doesn't matter (though if you think it will, you may wish to avoid).

One of the directors who I think this reminds me of is Godard. It's probably not quite so (deliberately) reductive as the superb Bande A Part [1964] [DVD] or Breathless [DVD] [1959] but the elevation of style in this movie is a joy to behold. "Style over substance" can sometimes be used pejoratively, but in the case of this (as well as the Godard films) it is the highest of compliments. Film (obviously!) is a visual medium and when done right the foregrounding of style in a film can leave the viewer grinning from ear to ear. This film is one of them.

Fans of 60s cool will love this. A joy.
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By alidolally on 28 Sept. 2014
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a must see for film buffs
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Bacon VINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2007
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There is a fine line that directors must balance upon when it comes to style over content. Tokyo Drifter has numerous moments where you can almost feel ringmaster Seijun Suzuki faltering, whipping, & attempting to tame his beasts of sound, colour, and Nikkatsu-scope. For the most part he is successful, yet the story does on occasion become lost and things only really settle about halfway through, allowing one to enjoy the world of a reformed Yakuza, drifting through Japan essentially awaiting his own execution. Though slightly dated, the film is groundbreaking and one could easily make comparisons to the present-day work of Wong Kar-Wai with its dominant themes of music & colour. Yet it is the decision to tell great parts of the action through reaction that work so well. One doesn?t witness the face of the antagonist but merely the response; the overarching sense of deception that is created is astonishing
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