Tokyo Drifter

  • Film
  • Thrillers
Deliriously playful yakuza pic, in which Suzuki lets logic hang. Basically just another tale of gang warfare, it's kitted out with plot ellipses, bizarre sets and colour effects, inappropriate songs, absurd irrelevancies (nice hair-drier gags!), action scenes that verge on the abstract, and some visual jokes tottering precariously between slapstick and surrealism. Somehow, it still just about works as a thriller, with (very, very faint) echoes of Melville and Leone. Inspired lunacy.

Release details

Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Screenwriter: Yasunori Kawauchi
Cast: Tetsuya Watari
Chieko Matsubara
Hideaki Natani
Ryuji Kita
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