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Tokyo Drifter (1966)

Tôkyô nagaremono (original title)
Not Rated | | 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsuya Watari ...
Tetsuya 'Phoenix Tetsu' Hondo
Chieko Matsubara ...
Chiharu
Tamio Kawachi ...
Tatsuzo, The Viper
Hideaki Nitani ...
Kenji Aizawa
Eiji Gô ...
Tanaka
Tomoko Hamakawa ...
Mutsuko
Tsuyoshi Yoshida ...
Keiichi
Isao Tamagawa ...
Umetani
Eimei Esumi ...
Otsuka
Ryûji Kita ...
Kurata
Michio Hino ...
Yoshii
Shuntarô Tamamura ...
Koyanagi
Hiroshi Midorikawa
Hiroshi Chô ...
Kumamoto
Akira Hisamatsu ...
(as Kosuke Hisamatsu)
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Tetsu has joined his yakuza boss in going straight, but when a rival gang threatens to bring them back into the gang wars, Tetsu must become a drifter to keep the pressure off his old boss. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Quentin Tarantino's film Kill Bill Volume 1 appears to pay homage to Tokyo Drifter in that both movies are black and white before the opening credits and then in color after the opening credits. See more »

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Tetsuya 'Phoenix Tetsu' Hondo: A drifter needs no woman.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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30 March 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Having previously seen Branded to Kill on its Criterion release, and having found it to be utterly brilliant, I had to buy the Criterion release of Tokyo Drifter. It is not as good as Branded to Kill (heck, nothing can be), but it is still great. The color composition is particularly masterful. So what if the story is difficult to follow? It is still entertaining. I really wish more of Sezuki Seijun's films would be released by Criterion, or anyone else, for that matter. He's an extraordinarily interesting and gifted filmmaker who is very underappreciated in cinema history.


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