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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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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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Tetsuya 'Phoenix Tetsu' Hondo: A drifter needs no woman.
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Absolutely perfect!
22 May 2002 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

How do you take an average Yakuza script in a conservative studio wholly interested in profit and turn it into the perfect movie? You give it to Seijun Suzuki, that's how. Suzuki masterfully molds the tale into a deep and powerful look at Tetsu's struggles. While the imagery, camera angles and color effects are brilliant, they never overpower the core of the movie. And to top it all off, Tokyo Drifter exudes 'cool'. Tetsu, the primary character, is perhaps the baddest man in all of Japanese film, the Asian Shaft, if you will. Be forewarned, this film is not for everyone. It is bold and cunning in almost every way, and it's often jumbled presentation requires concentration and/or multiple viewings. Life changing for me, anyone should give it a look.


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