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Friday Movies - Tokyo Drifter (1966) - Japanese Month

The Cinema Bar by Citylights
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On the 6th of April, we'll be deligted to show you Tokyo Drifters, an aesthetically superb and psychedelic Yakuza movie made by the underrated director Seijun Suzuki.

Shot with a touch of surrealism and more than a few broad strokes of the psychedelic, Tokyo Drifter is, especially for its time, one of the most atypical Yakuza films you're ever likely to see. In 1966 Suzuki's film really sent Nikkatsu studio executives into a bit of a panic. When viewed through modern eyes it's easy to see how this film would go on to influence everyone from Takashi Miike to Quentin Tarantino and countless others but in its day this had to have seemed like little more than an exercise in the bizarre and a waste of studio money. Time has been kind to the picture, however, and those strange theatrical looking backdrops and sets bathed in primary colors shot through skewed angles and with a penchant for close ups that once looked weird are now obviously the work of a man with a unique vision.

Tokyo Drifter (1966)
東京流れ者/Tôkyô nagaremono (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 22min | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 April 1966 (Japan)

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.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Writer: Kôhan Kawauchi
Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawaji

As always the movie is showed in original language subbed in English. The entrance is free of charge.
Starts at 21.00. After the film we will keep showing movies dubbed with music till 2.00 AM