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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
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…
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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.…
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…
To call Tokyo Drifter aesthetically pleasing is as unsatisfyingly lame as saying that it has good cinematography. Such generalizations fail to capture the artistry in every frame of Tokyo Drifter and do director Seijun Suzuki a great injustice.
Everything—from the color palette, to the film stock, to the music, to the editing, to the camera gliding effortlessly through shots or remaining stoically still—feels meticulously crafted within an avant-garde, surrealistic framework. A lot of people rave about the French New Wave films of the 1950s and 1960s, but rarely has, say, the surrealistic mise-en-scène of Godard scratched my "film lovers itch" the way that Suzuki manages with this film.
The story is what it is—an archetypal Yakuza crime tale. But this…
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.
I rarely comprehend what is actually going on in a Suzuki film, but boy are they wonderful to look at and so, so damn hip.
Tokyo Drifter tells the story of Tetsu, a former yakuza gang member who renounces his old lifestyle only to see it come crashing back at him. Also, Tetsu likes to somersault and sing about how he is such a drifter. Tokyo Drifter drips style. It’s a cool movie with cool mis-en-scene, cool colors, and cool character. What’s not cool is how absurd and ridiculous it is. Or maybe that makes it even cooler depending on how you see the movie.
”Why, this is the latest Charm Lady hairdryer!”
Cuts to what feels like a 10 second close-up of a hairdryer poster. And that’s not even the only hair drying product advertisement in the movie! Seriously, Tokyo Dryer has the makings of a cult movie with over-the-top action sequences and inane performances. I guess I'll have to visit this film again with a different mindset.
After finding out that Tokyo Drifter is Nicolas Winding Refn's favorite film of all time on criterion.com, I was expecting to see a crime thriller with style. It did not disappoint.
Tokyo Drifter is first and foremost cool as fuck. It oozes style and class almost all the way through. In that regard, it is definitely reminiscent of other 60's crime films like Melville's Le samouraï, and indeed some of aforementioned Winding Refn's works.
It's entertaining, fast-paced and almost excessive in its action scenes. Our main protagonist, Tetsu, is a former yakuza enforcer who seeks to live a straight life when he's forced to become a drifter, after his old rivals set out to assasinate him and his boss. It's…
A visually hypnotic film that oozes pure style.
Tetsu tries to go straight with his boss. Everybody tries to kill him anyway. That's the story in a nutshell.
The appeal of Tokyo Drifter isn't really in the story itself though, but more in the telling of it. It's erratic in its use of color, tone and editing, but it's hard to take your eyes off it.
And that song... That earworm of a theme song.
Tokyo Drifter > Tokyo Drift
Yes. My kind of yakuza film. Bang-bang cutting, no wasted plot complications, things develop in a straightforward time line. 90 degree changes of POV including going vertical. Nightclubs in yellow green and purple. Chevys. Neon.
Loyal Tetsu is kind of a James Bond figure. You can knock him down but he keeps coming back.
I don't know enough about the yakuza film tradition to put this in context - but it's fun, bright noir candy.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- Crook's Tour
UPDATED: December 10, 2014
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