#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In Tokyo, the gangster Tetsu (Tetsuya Watari) regenerates when his yakuza boss Kurata (Ryuji Kita) decides to quit his criminal life. However, the mobster family leaded by Otsuka (Hideaki Esumi) threatens Kurata’s legitimate business, and Tetsu decides to leave Kurata to relief the pressure on him. He leaves also his girlfriend Chiharu (Chieko Matsubara) and becomes a drifter moving to the country. When Tetsu is betrayed, he returns to Tokyo to resolve his situation.
Plot: After yakuza boss Kurata dissolves his own criminal empire, a rival kingpin offers a position to Kurata’s top operative, Tetsuya “Phoenix Tetsu” Hondo. When the fiercely loyal Tetsu declines, Otsuka taps unstoppable Tatsuzo the “Viper”, a ruthless gun-for-hire, to assassinate him. As the Viper trails his target through the countryside, the agile Phoenix Tetsu grows concerned that one of his former associates has betrayed him.
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He’s a devil if he asks you twice…
In 1966 Nikkatsu, a Japanese studio, requested that one of their more “difficult” directors “calm down” on his next project. The director was Seijun Suzuki. The project was Tokyo Drifter. The result was anything but calm.
A film-noir shot through with moments of brilliant, lurid colour; the film defies all conventions be it genre, style or even something as mundane and unnecessary as narrative. One scene finds Tetsuya Watari’s pouting yakuza in a tense showdown with his rival. Standing on train tracks, surrounded by clean, crisp snow the screen is split in two by a clearly visible dark blue line. The use of this visual effect is telling. It adds nothing to the story, to the characterisation, it simply looks good.
The closing sequence has to be seen to be believed. It is best described as the secret lovechild of a Gene Kelly musical and a John Woo action film. Amazing.
If for nothing else, Tokyo Drifter will long be remembered for the theme tune which hauntingly drifts through the entire film.
Yakuza Live-Action Cartoon!
TOKYO DRIFTER / THE MAN FROM TOKYO / TOKYO WANDERER (LIT.) (TOUKYOU NAGAREMONO). Viewed on Streaming. Cinematography = four (4) stars; choreography = four (4) stars; continuity/editing = three (3) stars; score = three (3) stars; sound effects = two (2) stars. Director Seijun Suzuki once again demonstrates how to make a movie sufficiently absurd and plot less to practically guarantee its immortality as a late-night cult favorite–eventually. Suzuki seems to be simultaneously milking/exploiting Yakuza movie cultural fiction (as source material) while satirizing typical/conventional contemporary Yakuza films. The movie is a low-level programmer (even by Nikkatsu studio’s usual cheap production standards) and seems to have contributed to (1) the Director’s firing by Nikkatsu shortly thereafter, and (2) hastening the liquidation of the studio’s assets except for its pink film (soft-core pornography) department. Acting (such as it is) appears to be deliberately exaggerated/amateurish. Cinematography (wide screen, color) can be shaky (due to inadequate camera stabilization); opening black/white scenes are over exposed (on purpose?). Excessively choppy and jump-cut editing pretty much destroys continuity throughout the film (to enhance viewer confusion?). Sound effects are ludicrous (squealing tires on gravel roads; all punches sound the same; the sound of gun shots and ricocheting bullets never changes; dialog looping is obviously artificial; etc.). Choreography of fight scenes appears woefully under rehearsed (especially the ones in the snow (on Hokkaido?)). Score combines some jazz riffs with generic rock and roll, but primary the music consists of an unimaginative/monotonous theme song repeated over and over (and over) again. Restoration is fine. Subtitles are adequate (most song lyrics and signs are translated and white text on white backgrounds can be easily read, since words are framed in black). Something to possibly look at, never to think much about. WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD.
Original Language ja
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min), 1 hr 22 min (82 min) (USA), 1 hr 22 min (82 min) (Germany)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Action, Crime
Director Seijun Suzuki
Writer Yasunori Kawauchi
Actors Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Nikkatsuscope
Printed Film Format 35 mm