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Tokyo Drifter (1966)

Tôkyô nagaremono (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 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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Seijun Suzuki

Writers:

Yasunori Kawauchi (author), Yasunori Kawauchi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsuya Watari ... Tetsuya 'Phoenix Tetsu' Hondo
Chieko Matsubara Chieko Matsubara ... Chiharu
Hideaki Nitani Hideaki Nitani ... Kenji Aizawa
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Tatsuzo, The Viper (as Tamio Kawachi)
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita ... Kurata
Eiji Gô Eiji Gô ... Tanaka
Isao Tamagawa Isao Tamagawa ... Umetani
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Otsuka
Tomoko Hamakawa Tomoko Hamakawa ... Mutsuko
Tsuyoshi Yoshida Tsuyoshi Yoshida ... Keiichi
Michio Hino Michio Hino ... Yoshii
Shuntarô Tamamura Shuntarô Tamamura ... Koyanagi
Hiroshi Midorikawa Hiroshi Midorikawa
Hiroshi Chô Hiroshi Chô ... Kumamoto
Akira Hisamatsu Akira Hisamatsu ... (as Kosuke Hisamatsu)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

10 April 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Drifter See more »

Filming Locations:

Akasaka, Minato, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Tetsuya 'Phoenix Tetsu' Hondo: A drifter needs no woman.
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Seijun Suzuki's Masterwork...
2 October 2003 | by benchiladaSee 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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