An imperious milestone of 1960s Japanese cinema, Seijun Suzuki’s most celebrated film is brilliant, bizarre, and excessive, so it’s no great surprise that Winding Refn holds it in such high regard. A day-glo, pop-art action movie, the drifter of the title is played by Tetsuya Watari, who looks impossibly cool throughout in his mod-ish powder blue suit.
He’s a reformed hitman who has decided it is time to hang up his guns. That is, until a double cross draws him back into Tokyo’s underworld, and he embarks on a violent rampage of revenge.
And this is the last film I will be attending in this series, and I hope some of you would like to join me for it. I will be waiting outside in the smoking area, looking impossibly cool and modish in dark glasses and dark hitman's coat, until a few minutes before the film starts. Jennifer, 0879616576.