The Criterion Channel – Film #2
"I'll ask once more, for the third time. Please don't get me angry."
Narrative peculiarities aside, most of which result in a composition of unyielding eccentricity and deliberate embellishment at the expense of complete emotional investment, the picture's flair is to die for. Seijun Suzuki's yakuza mosaic, Tokyo Drifter, is a stylistic powerhouse, one of immense flavor and unquestionable confidence. The cinematography, production design, wardrobe, and original score are genuinely outstanding, all of which are yielded to superb effect by Suzuki's dexterous craftsmanship.
It's a dazzling piece with plenty of awe-inspiring moments that ooze cool as we follow the melodies of a roaming hitman who may be in too deep to ever truly be free. Tokyo Drifter is a shot of polychromatic fury straight to the brain. Marvelous work and definitely worth a watch.
"You're on the road yourself. You'll learn soon enough how a drifter feels."