December 14, 2012 · 7:00 PM
Hey everyone, Alex will be showing two films from Japanese master director Seijun Suzuki in his awesome home theater!
First is "Tokyo Drifter" (1966) a jazzy gangster film in which reformed killer Tetsu's attempts to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. This film has been called equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller, and Nagisa Oshima. It's the ultimate example of the brilliantly excessive Japanese cinema of the sixties.
Next is "Branded to Kill" (1967) a brutal, hilarious, visually inspired masterpiece which has passed into legend as the film that got Seijun Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu, the studio where he made 30+ other films. "Branded to Kill" tells the story of a yakuza assassin with a fetish for sniffing steamed rice who botches a job and ends up becomming a target himself.
Hope to see you there!