Tokyo Drifter (12A*)


2 August 2014
Cinema 3

Standard - £9.50
Members - £7.60
Concessions - £8.50
Under 18 - £6

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Director Seijun Suzuki had grown tired of the standard yakuza films he’d been churning out at the Nikkatsu studio, and Tokyo Drifter – a brilliant, day-glo pop-art fantasia – represents his attempt to push the boundaries of the genre.

The plot is familiar enough: a former hitman tries to go straight but is soon targeted by his former boss and an old rival.

However, it is the look and style of the film that is dazzling: combining elements from hard-boiled pulp, the spaghetti western and the Hollywood musical, it makes spectacular use of colour, stylised décor and wild plot devices.

Under-appreciated in Japan at the time of release, its stature has since grown, and has been a huge influence on everyone from Jim Jarmusch to Quentin Tarantino.

Japan 1966 Dir Seijun Suzuki 83 min

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