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5.0 out of 5 stars Yakau no michi!
A brilliant shabu (crystal meth) induced film about the Yakuza. The actual name of the film is Tokyo Nagaremono, and a true treat for the Yakuza obsessed (such as myself). I very much enjoy the plot, I don't like films that beat the story into your head. American cinema is designed for the mass amounts of idiots that make up this country, and if you find the plot hard to...
Published on Nov. 25 2000 by kobe_yakuza

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1.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible
While visually interesting, Tokyo Drifter lacks a cohesive story or any character development. It seems as if the editor removed the most important scenes. At one point in the movie the main character Tetsu has two hitmen in the back of the car he's driving and inexplicably escapes unscathed. The final outcome of the car scene is missing. This is just one of the many...
Published on April 28 2002


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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read the review by amazon@fallingrock.net below, Feb. 16 2000
This review is from: Tokto Drifter (VHS Tape)
Unfortunately, the review by amazon@fallingrock.net at the bottom of this page is very inaccurate. The reviewer wrote, "Seijun Suzuki was one of the most popular directors in Japan in the '60's." No, he was never really popular in the 1960s when he made his initial foray into film making and made films including Tokyo Drifter. His name was established only after he had been fired from Nikkatsu. His reputation grew when his films were shown at classic film theaters. Then the reviewer wrote, "Suzuki was probably Japan's first director to directly challenge the status quo, and the cold bravado that charactrized the rigid image of Japanese masculinity, and the violence and military nature of the Japanese society. For this he was fired from Studio, only to be rehired because of the success of his films." HE WAS NEVER REHIRED. And pretty much everything else in the review is very questionable. Just don't read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Drifter blew me away!, Sept. 21 1999
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This review is from: Tokyo Drifter (DVD)
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 manisfesto...in Japan! And what more could you want, he sings!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mod-gangsters and slick heroes abound., July 3 1999
This review is from: Tokto Drifter (VHS Tape)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Japan's greatest avant director..., Nov. 18 1998
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This review is from: Tokto Drifter (VHS Tape)
Seijun Suzuki was one of the most popular directors in Japan in the '60's. His works, while wildly different in style and content from anything else being produced in Cinema, especially in Japan, were embraced by the younger generations of Japan for their boldness, style, and frequent irreverence.
Suzuki was probably Japan's first director to directly challenge the status quo, and the cold bravado that charactrized the rigid image of Japanese masculinity, and the violence and military nature of the Japanese society. For this he was fired from Studio, only to be rehired because of the success of his films.
His stories mix avant surrealism with striking characters, stunning camera work, and an incredible sense of the ironic. Suzuki's films can make you laugh yourself to tears, while simultaneously touching your heart, and challenging your beliefs.
Tokyo Drifter, while not Suzuki's best, was his most successful film in the box office. Humorous tale of a Yakuza boss, who is trying to go good, and his top hit man. Tightly knitted and visually vibrant this story shows the difficulties involved in trying to escape a closed society like the Yakuza, and how easily the soul is corrupted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, June 23 2001
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This review is from: Tokyo Drifter (DVD)
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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