Tokyo Drifter

(Tokyo nagaremono)

Digital Restoration!

  • Introduction

    Tom Vick is curator of film at the Freer | Sacker, Smithsonian Institution, and author of Time and Place Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki. PLEASE NOTE: VICK WILL INTRODUCE MAY 12 SCREENING ONLY.


Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani, Ryuji Kita,

Tasked with making a vehicle for actor/singer Tetsuya Watari to croon the title song, Suzuki concocted this crazy yarn about a reformed yakuza on the run from his former comrades. The film is mainly an excuse to stage an escalating series of goofy musical numbers and over-the-top fight scenes. Popping with garish colors, self-parodic style, and avant-garde visual design, Tokyo Drifter embodies a late-1960s zeitgeist in which trash and art joyfully comingle. “The result is one of the most brilliant genre movies ever made” (Tony Rayns).

Tom Vick
  • Yasunori Kawauchi
  • Shigeyoshi Mine
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 'Scope DCP
  • 83 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection