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Ministry of Film Presents: Tokyo Drifter at The Screening Room

June 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him.
Of the films that Seijun Suzuki would make for the Nikkatsu studio, Tokyo Drifter was one of the wildest, audacious, and visually stunning, yet it was also one of the most incongruous for both Suzuki and Nikkatsu. It was a bold visual statement that happened to also be a complicated yet predictable action film.
Seijun Suzuki
In a career spanning nearly five decades, Seijun Suzuki, amassed a body of work ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries.Suzuki first became famous when he was fired by Nikkatsu Studios for making films that, as he put it, “made no sense and made no money.” But it was his freewheeling approach and audacious experimentation that gained Suzuki a cult following in Japan and abroad. Suzuki’s job at Nikkatsu was to make B-movies out of scripts that were assigned to him. In the mid-1960s, with dozens such films under his belt, Suzuki’s restlessness began to come through as he and his collaborators, art director Takeo Kimura and cinematographers Shigeyoshi Mine and Kazue Nagatsuka, began experimenting with the assigned material. These films established Suzuki as a stylistic innovator working within — and rebelling against — the commercial constraints of B-movie studio work. In the 1990s, retrospectives in Europe and North America — including one at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 1991 — brought long-overdue attention to Suzuki’s films in the West. A new generation of devotees, most notably Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino, praised Suzuki in the press and referenced his work in their films.


June 3, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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