(Akuma no machi)
Imported 35mm Print
Seizaburo Kawazu, Ichiro Sugai, Azusa Yumi,
After getting out of prison, a gang boss decides to pull off a heist, but the team he assembles has multiple competing ambitions and scant loyalty. To viewers who are familiar with only Suzuki’s late Nikkatsu work, Satan’s Town may be the earliest work of recognizable Suzuki style. Here his formal experiments extend to a sequence shot upside down in the reflection of a swimming pool and another constructed from freeze-frames, while his trademark black humor shows itself in the numerous murders depicted and in the film’s climactic moments.
Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1959
A pianist goes to visit her forest ranger boyfriend when he stops replying to her letters. Shot on location in the Japanese Alps and Yamaguchi, this haunting film features elaborate tracking and crane shots of snowy vistas and a turn by the popular singer Frank Nagai, who sings the film’s title track. Gorgeous landscape shots and scintillating subjective devices are evidence of Suzuki’s versatility as a filmmaker.