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About the Movie
In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Phoenix Tetsu’s attempt to go straight is squashed when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. This onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colors got director Seijun Suzuki in trouble with Nikkatsu studio heads, who were put off by his anything-goes, in-your-face aesthetic, equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller, and Nagisa Oshima. Tokyo Drifter is a delirious highlight of the brilliantly excessive Japanese cinema of the sixties.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 12
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A 1966 yakuza gangster thriller with a pop-art look by the formidable B-movie director Seijun Suzuki.
Fresh: Inspired lunacy.
Fresh: Narrative common sense is abandoned for fractured, highly satisfying storytelling.
Give up all hopes of plot.
But just enjoy it for the exercise in style that it is. Colors had never been used in film in quite the way that they are in this Yakuza flick.
A visual artist at work/
This must be a favorite for those that love the art movie look…a bit on stage..a bit removed from reality..with character and style. It is the perfect look for a 60s in Tokyo. Its all about style.