Tokyo Drifter
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Tokyo Drifter stands with Branded to Kill as one of the best-known and most acclaimed films of Seijun Suzuki, one of Japan's most talented maverick directors. A colorful riot of an action drama, Tokyo Drifter, like many of Suzuki's films, transforms a standard gangster film plot into a vehicle for his own loopy brand of filmmaking, featuring gorgeous cinematography, unconventional storytelling techniques, and a dark sense of humor. This particular example centers on Tetsu, a yakuza member who, when his gang is disbanded, remains loyal to his boss and attempts to go straight. This is no… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Inspired lunacy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"...plays like a mix of spaghetti western and samurai melodrama relocated to the pop-art splendor of 1960s Japan..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"A falta de coesão narrativa é mais do que compensada pelo visual marcante concebido por Suzuki, que cria uma fantasia psicodélica através da direção de arte estilizada, da fotografia com cores marcantes e da música-tema repetida continuamente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Narrative common sense is abandoned for fractured, highly satisfying storytelling."
‑ , Film4
"A 1966 yakuza gangster thriller with a pop-art look by the formidable B-movie director Seijun Suzuki."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's the camera trickery and the playful art direction that send up the entire image of the badass yakuza to begin with."
‑ Eric Melin,
"magine what a yakuza thriller might look like if it were codirected by Jean-Luc Godard and John Woo, adding a little Sergio Leone and Jean-Pierre Melville, then multiplied by 10."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A style that works only with a sure hand."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, IdentityTheory
"Distills the aesthetic of the 1960s into one feature-length blast."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Filled with flights of outrageous excesses."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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