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on September 21, 1999
I'm film student whose made a habit of seeing EVERYTHING. And when i saw Tokyo Drifter, i didn't know what to expect but the visuals and crazy mise-en-scene blew me away. It's like a mixture of Jean-Luc Godard, Sam Fuller, Melville and James Bond. A film which is self conscious of its humor and its absurd plot. A true 60s art film, Godard without the Japan! And what more could you want, he sings!
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on May 17, 2000
When I saw the old auto going into the flames accompanied by theme song, I was caught. Not that the storyline is great like in Kurosawa movies - it is just standard gangster movie, but the power of video is amazing.
Many people will not like the movie. But it is really worth to try.
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on May 14, 2002
Stylin' color, smooth story, catchy tune... and that blue suit with those white shoes! A thorough pleasure from start to finish. Also, fascinating interview with the director - gives a real insider view on the Japanese film studio business in the 50's.
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Just a quick few notes about this ultra hip Japanese gangster flick. Mod stylings, colors that jump at you, and the coolest gunman in the world. What more could you ask for in a 60's flick? This is the way they all should have been done.
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on June 23, 2001
Tokyo Drifter is stylish like Out of Sight, has a storyline less plausable than that of a John Woo movie. The friendships and dialogue are corny, there are color skews between BW and bursting color, and a theme song sung through out the movie by the protagonist. So, what do you get when the movie's over? The movie is a stylish, fun, and I have a feeling, symbolical with it's plot line and characters. It tries things that you wish you would see in a decent spy movie, but of course none ever come out anymore. But, Tokyo Drifter, though it isn't dubbed over in English, is a fantastic movie, and a second watch let's you go mostly without the subtitles.
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