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

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsuya Watari ...
Tetsuya 'Phoenix Tetsu' Hondo
Chieko Matsubara ...
Chiharu
Tamio Kawaji ...
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 ...
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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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Seijun Suzuki's Masterwork...
2 October 2003 | by (Urbana, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I will argue until my death that TOKYO DRIFTER is superior to BRANDED TO KILL, but that's for another time...

I am amazed every time I see this film that Suzuki could take such an obviously inferior product -- as Nikkatsu Studios was churning out at an obscene rate in those days, giving directors a script and saying "Shoot it fast and cheap so we can give you your next job" -- and turn it into one of the most beautiful and intriguing films I've ever seen.

Best plot ever? No. Easy to follow? Yes. Beautiful? Yes. And that theme...I could never forget that theme if I tried, even after my first viewing.

I'd ramble on about history and plot and so on, but so many others have, I'll just leave it at this: TOKYO DRIFTER makes me happy every time I see it.


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