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Tokyo Drifter

Spine #39
Out-of-print



Release:
Feb 23, 1999
$29.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Tokyo Drifter

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2011 Edition

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Directed By: Seijun Suzuki
Starring: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsbara, Hideaki Nitani, Tamio Kawachi, Tsuyoshi Yoshida, Ryuji Kita
Licensor: Nikkatsu Co.

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In this free-jazz gangster film, reformed killer "Phoenix" Tetsu drifts around Japan, awaiting his own execution until he's called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Seijun Suzuki's "barrage of aestheticised violence, visual gags, [and] mind-warping color effects" got him in more trouble with Nikkatsu studio heads, who had ordered him to "play it straight this time." Instead he gave them equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller, and Nagisa Oshima. Criterion presents the DVD premiere of Tokyo Drifter in a lush color transfer from the original, glorious Nikkatsu-scope master.

Supplements
  • A rare interview with director Seijun Suzuki

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