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 ...
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 Blackmail Is My Business (1968) See more »

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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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