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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.
OMG those frames and colour
damn this was way artsier than i expected it to be
the fucking design tho, damn this movie looks cool as shit LOOK at this bad motherfucker
Uno Yakuza movie surrealista? Non saprei, ma i colori, le inquadrature, i primi piani, i tagli improvvisi, lo rendono sicuramente lo Yakuza movie più stiloso che abbia mai visto.
Ah, da segnalare anche il tema principale, che è un enka che ti entra in testa e difficilmente ne esce (anche perché nel film è un attimino reiterato, se bisogna dirla tutta).
I had never seen a Seijun Suzuku film before yesterday when I sat down to watch Tokyo Drifter. Sadly the library only had the Criterion DVD from the late 90s that wasn't properly anamorphic, so it was like looking through a tiny box.
Despite the limitations of the actual DVD technicalities, I nevertheless came away completely bamboozled at what Suzuki was going for back in the day. This movie cares very little about the importance of the plot details. There is a plot, about a young gangster trying to make a clean life but finds himself dragged back into gangsterism despite his best efforts, but it's more of an excuse for the colours, the panache, the idiosyncrasies and the curious…
Forever humming that theme song when I enter rooms wearing all white and leave with nobody else left standing. Pop art crime cinema at its most playful and excessive.
I am only 15 minutes into this and I already know i am immediately going to watch it again as soon as it is over. It's fucking CANDY.
This was my first time seeing "Tokyo Drifter". It might not necessarily be up my alley in the story department (because there kinda isn’t one), but I absolutely have to respect a movie that does whatever the fuck it wants and does it well. The basic plot is that a gang decides to make their business legitimate, but their rivals stand in the way. After some drama, the gang’s enforcer is forced to go on the run. This is Tetsu, our title character, and he drifts around Tokyo somewhat aimlessly, being chased by his rivals and cops alike, as well as any other villains he happens to run into along the way. In between grand fight scenes, he walks from…
Style over substance, but who cares when it looks this cool?
Perplexing and very watchable. See where Tarantino cribbed some ideas.
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