Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter (1966) – a Different Kind of Yakuza Film. Popular post-World War II Japanese cinema has made much of the yakuza action film whose villains and contenders offer appealing ‘black and white’ characters and themes. Seijun Suzuki (b.1923) produced a great many films based on the genre of which the best known are Kanto Wanderer (1963), Tokyo Drifter or ‘Tokyo nagaremono’ to which this paper refers, and Branded to Kill (1967). Suzuki’s career was marked by controversy, his films deviating from the standard yakuza action format through the course of 40 B-movies he directed in 1956-67. At this point, he was dismissed by the Nikkatsu film company and underwent a decade of ostracism by the Japanese film industry. He...The end:
..... the 1970s as a blacklisted film maker, he had the last word. In 2008, he played a leading role in establishing the Toko Project Gathering that arranges Japanese film financing and international productions. Like Tokyo Drifter, he will not be forgotten. 863 words References Chris, D. (2005). Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. London: I.B. Taurus. Field, S. & T. Rayns. (1995). Branded to Thrill – the Delirious Cinema of Suzuki Seijan. London: British Film Institute. Monk, K. (1991). “Seijan Suzuki – Japanese legend sees himself as simple chronicler.” Vancouver Sun. October 16. Suzuki, S. (1966). Director. Tokyo Drifter. Nikkatsu. April 10. 83 minutes. Teo, S. (2000). “Seijan Suzuki – Authenticity in Minority.” Sense of Cinema. (AUZ). July.