Film Series: Tokyo Drifter

1966. Japan. Dir: Seijun Suzuki. With Tetsuya Watari, Hideaki Esumi. 83 min.

 

An ex-yakuza gunman goes lone wolf, dealing doom to all who cross him. Suzuki puts the Japanese gangster flick in a blender with Hollywood westerns, melodramas, and musicals; what results is a singular vision of artifice and intense color, a work of hyper-violent pop art radiating ineffable cool. It’s no wonder Tarantino ripped it off for Kill Bill.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free