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Films By Seijun Suzuki

BRANDED TO KILL (Seijun Suzuki, 1967)
Possibly Suzuki's most infamous film, Branded To Kill certainly retains its searing punch after repeated viewing. Curiously, it is also his least Pop Art and quivers with a heightened otherness. Whil… Read more

The global phenomenon of James Bond is an archetypal instance of 60s audiovisual brashness. The sheer loudness and pictorial noise of the first Bond films and their ironic self-consciousness reverber… Read more

STORY OF A PROSTITUTE (Seijun Suzuki, 1965)
Some sequences in Story of a Prostitute are so achingly beautiful, they scar the mind. In fact, I would argue that Suzuki's most powerful films revolve around women. OK—so they re always prosti… Read more

TOKYO DRIFTER (Seijun Suzuki, 1966)
The Dark Side of Pop, a series of Japanese CDs, focuses on the weird songs recorded by movie stars, ex-boxers, gangsters and freaky-nobodies from the 60s and 70s. Many of them were huge; some went no… Read more

VIOLENCE ELEGY (Seijun Suzuki, 1966)
One of Suzukis most intellectual yet perplexing films. Violence Elegy could be somewhere between Porky's and Zero For Conduct. It follows the delinquent exploits of Kiroku Nanbu (Hideki Takahashi) as… Read more

YOUTH OF THE BEAST (Seijun Suzuki, 1963)
Jojini Mizuno is a disgraced ex-cop convicted for illicit dealings. He infiltrates two competing gangs with a secret agenda, setting mobster against mobster. Like a stubborn drunkard, he crashes his … Read more

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