Tokyo Drifter (1966)
"Tôkyô nagaremono" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  10 April 1966 (Japan)
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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.



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Chieko Matsubara ...
Tamio Kawachi ...
Tatsuzo, The Viper
Hideaki Nitani ...
Kenji Aizawa
Eiji Gô ...
Tomoko Hamakawa ...
Tsuyoshi Yoshida ...
Isao Tamagawa ...
Eimei Esumi ...
Ryûji Kita ...
Michio Hino ...
Shuntarô Tamamura ...
Hiroshi Midorikawa
Hiroshi Chô ...
Akira Hisamatsu ...
(as Kosuke Hisamatsu)


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 <>

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The colorful style of the classic anime Lupin the Third was inspired by this film; both feature characters in colored suits, have a very comical and playful undertone, and have a general emphasis on entertainment over logic. See more »


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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7 March 2004 | by (Tulsa, OK) – See all my reviews

Absolutely incredible. Seijun Suzuki is one of the most underrated directors of all time. His use of coloring and black and white is something that everyone from Steven Spielberg to Brian DePalma to George Romero have emulated to great effect in some of their most well-loved movies. Also, his way of stylizing violence is something that oriental films are still copying. Go check out Pistol Opera, Ichi the Killer, The Killer, or Hard Boiled if you want to see what I mean. The gun-throwing move that Tetsuya utilizes is used in American action movies to this day. It's also amazingly politically incorrect. Americans are lampooned as bumbling, drunken idiots and women are no more than objects to be slapped around and used for a man's benefit. I miss political incorrectness in contemporary movies. The theme song was pretty awesome, as well.

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