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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 offers his viewers an immensely rich visual experience as Tokyo Drifter might be one of the…
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…
I can always get drunk on this movie.
Well, I've always known that color plays a huge part in film but I don't think that aspect was fully realized for me until now.
Tokyo Drifter is the perfect example of the importantance color has in storytelling, so much so that if I turned off the subtitles I could probably still keep up with the overall plot, motivations and conflicts of the film. This has to be one of the greatest gangster movies of all time, an instant favorite. Good month so far haha.
A E S T H E T I C
This film gets hyped up too much. It is very pretty, the colors, sets, angles are all really good, but it isn't quite enough to make it the masterpiece people make it out to be. I should have seen it at the theater where I think it would really shine. I feel bad that Seijun had too throw in the theme song so many times as was required of him. It is rather grating. Like Austin mentioned, it begs to be paid attention to, but really doesn't give you enough to actually latch on or care.
Still. It really does have enough going on visually to make up for any shortcomings.
Surrealist (sort of) so bad that it's good movie. It has a special place in my heart and I'm definitely gonna buy it from the criterion collection.
Overall Enjoyment 8/10
I'm not sure if it's a mistranslation or if everyone is actually calling each other "Bro" all the time in the this film. Either way, it's freakin awesome.
I can always get drunk on this movie.
Offbeat. Jazzy. Cool. Timeless.
These are four words often used to describe Seijun Suzuki's filmography. They aren't exactly wrong, but they do the director justice as he has a lot more than bizarre storytelling and a radical eye for visuals in his arsenal. There's a real sense of freedom and intensity to the film's action oriented scenes, and the ones that provide what little information you can gather in a Suzuki film are still entirely engaging from the smallest elements. By the end, everything feels like a blur because of the fast-paced ride to the finale, but the viewers are more that pleased to hold on tight.
Or that's how Branded to Kill operates, at least. Tokyo Drifter on the…
Short, kind of incoherent, formally all over the place while remaining committed to a vivid, idiosyncratic style. Everything you want from a good Minutemen album, basically.
Based af tbh
At one point this turns to Shane, times a million, in Japan. It's absurdly entertaining watching Tokyo Drifter's fictional societies of gangs flourishing in a modern era and the bombardment of awesome and nigh anachronistic action scenes that accompany it. The film's callously playful world of yakuza chivalry, men-with-no-name archetypes bound by personal systems of honor and pleasantly endearing companionship, and sense of feudalistic gangster civilization successfully continue and translate the legacy of American westerns and anti-westerns (I like how their distinguishability hardly matters anymore) into Japanese sensibilities. It's also an update of how Japanese samurai and anti-samurai films already did that; regardless, it's fun as hell watching this New Wave genre-fused anarchy (as exemplified by a glorious pub brawl…
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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