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Tetsu has joined his yakuza boss in going straight, but when a rival gang threatens to bring them back into the gang wars, Tetsu must become a drifter to keep the pressure off his old boss
There comes a point in which an artist, after developing all of the components of his cinematic vision independently through experimentation and genre variety, makes his style evolve up to a point of reaching a peak. This peak represents the stability of it all, and has a voice of its own. It puts everything into balance and allows for the artist to finally express what he always wanted to express with a distinguished sense of expression.
Calling Tokyo Drifter a stylish yakuza color film is an understatement out of this world. Tokyo Drifter opens with a black-and-white tone and an unforgiving aggressiveness, highlighting particular objects with vivid colors like Suzuki previously did in Shunpu Den (1965) for dramatic effect. After…
He's the Tokyo Drifter. Drifting, drifting on and on. Till memories of Tokyo are gone.
When I watched this a while back, I knew I had fallen in love with the film when that "Tokyo Drifter" theme started cracking and scenes of Japan nightlife rolled past in the background. And after rewatching it again tonight I learned two things.
1. That theme never gets old
2. This film somehow got even more cool.
I imagine if Le Samourai mad Blade Runner had a one night stand and produced a bastard child, Tokyo Drifter would probably be that bastard child. Or something very similar to that... It's like an antithesis to a noir film. It's got the *almost* loner type main…
Whilst Tokyo Drifter might sound like just another yakuza film - about a yakuza member who has to become a drifter to avoid problems with his rival gangs and with his boss -, Seijun Suzuki's film turns out to be an incomparably rich exprience that shows how far ahead of his time the Japanese director was.
Tokyo Drifter won't win your heart with its simple, yet well written story, Seijun Suzuki wins your soul by compiling several little details that turn his film into something remarkable, a film that can define the words 'cool' and 'stylish' with a single frame.
Japanese director Seijun Suzuki provides you an incomparably rich visual experience as Tokyo Drifter might be one of the most…
What seemed like a stylish yakuza film with a straight forward story turned into one of the sleekest, coolest things I can think of in that final showdown. If the disc were in better condition, I would screencap just that scene. It's set in a bright room that seems to have no walls, due to the design of it (solid colors all around). Thus, the statues and piano and so on seem to be floating in a void, yet there's still structure to it. There's still reason to it. The confusion created during the conflict seems very intentional--misdirection, not bad direction. It's not exactly tense. You don't think Tetsu's really in danger, but it's so well choreographed that there's a…
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Tokyo Drifter is an incredibly beautiful looking movie, with an intensely stylistic visual language that bursts onto the screen in an explosion of colours. Seijun Suzuki creates an innovative genre picture with this film, one that challenges traditional narrative form and style.
The most interesting features of the film are its editing and production design, each of which are reminiscent of a manga projected on-screen. The film utilizes interesting filters and lighting to create immense visual beauty, and some of the action scenes are elegantly composed. The final action scene is especially notable for the changes in lighting that complement the mood of our hero, as the scene becomes lighter as his rage dissipates.…
This is we're the party's at!
Seijun Suzuki plays with the nikkatsu universe, with so much visual style it practically becomes the film's substance. Might as well be, as there is no plot to speak of, all we have is a muddled narrative filled with an ebundance of cool.
And I can't leave this little column without mentioning the cinematography and how it's highlighting the colours, sets and visual to make you forget the negatives. Because the negatives do exist, they just don't matter.
Tetsuya Watari is almost too cool to bear as "Tetsu", never ever breaking sweat, and out-Omar-ing Omar and his singing badass shtick. When "the drifter comin'", you better run!
At a smooth 80mins running time, this is the perfect capsule of fun for whenever you might need a pick me up.
Seijun Suzuki's Yakuza classic epitomises '60s cool with its bold colours and fashions, picturesque framing and brisk editing, but it's so much more than that. What other thriller could embrace comedic farce or even the musical without losing its edge?
Unfortunately, this just didn't do anything for me. I thought it had an interesting premise and looked quite nice but as much as I tried, just couldn't get into it.
I may have to try this one again sometime in the future but for now, I was largely unimpressed.
Worth Watching? Yeah!
Story: A former gangster’s right hand man leaves Tokyo but is still pursued by his enemies.
One Good Thing:
‘Back to Back’
I’m not a gangster. The most criminal acts I commit are driving over the speed limit occasionally when I'm running late and paying for one movie ticket and going to see two... or three... or four... or seven. So I'm not 'in the know' when it comes to gangsters and criminals, how they operate and the code of ethics they may or may not have. However, I do see a lot of movies and fancy myself pretty fluent in the cinematic language of cool. Tokyo Drifter may be above my head when it…
Action can and should be art.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My introduction to Suzuki's filmography. If the rest of his films are anything close to this in quality, I'm in for a treat.
The color in this is fantastic; some visuals that especially stood out were Tetsu's powder blue suit, bright neon lights, and a vivid red lantern against the snow.
Some comedic highlights include a saloon brawl and repeated blatant product placement for hairdryers.
Watch this film!
Can you admire a film without really liking it? Tokyo Drifter is by all accounts, a stylish, innovative movie with great production design and a clever use of genre, but I really didn't like sitting through it. I can appreciate that its avoidance of traditional film grammar is influential and done well, but it left me cold. I like the colours, especially of the titular drifter's suits. The film felt interminable to me, but I still saw what other people like about it. The first couple minutes, in washed out black and white, were amazing. The saloon brawl was spectacular. The finale was incredible. Everything else was a bit of a chore, to be honest. Still, I can see the merits of the film, hence my generous star rating.
One of my favorite aesthetics. Really enjoyed this jazzy gangster piece from the sixties.
Very sleek and stylishly created, however slightly lost in translation through the generations. Shlocky editing is Tokyo Drifter's main downfall, however an entertaining watch nonetheless.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)
UPDATED: November 23, 2015
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