Tributes - Retrospectives - Cinema on cinema
| 89 minutes | 1963
Yakuza, Triads and maggoty GIs in a world of bloody revenge and impressionistic violence. A classic, just-restored cool-detective flick. An irreverent indulgence. A lesser-known film by the Japanese master, but still one of his most iconic works. The ultimate avant-garde pop rebel lays the foundations for his long-term deconstruction of the gangster movie. With the rules cast aside, the detective flick implodes and art fills the void. Starring the always amazing Jô Shishido.
Seijun Suzuki, born Seitaro Suzuki (24 May 1923 – 13 February 2017), was a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are known for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded as his magnum opus, Branded to Kill (1967), starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal, but he was blacklisted for 10 years after that. As an independent filmmaker, he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taish? Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991).
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