Tokyo Drifter – Criterion {1st Edition Release} [DVD] (1966) *VERY RARE NEW*

Tokyo Drifter – Criterion {1st Edition Release} [DVD] (1966) *VERY RARE NEW*


In this free-jazz gangster film, reformed killer “Phoenix” Tetsu drifts around Japan, awaiting his own execution until he’s called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Seijun Suzuki’s “barrage of aestheticized violence, visual gags, [and] mind-warping color effects” got him in more trouble with Nikkatsu studio heads, who had ordered him to “play it straight this time.” Instead he gave them equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller, and Nagisa Oshima. Criterion presents the DVD premiere of Tokyo Drifter in a lush color transfer from the original, glorious Nikkatsu-scope master.

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After yakuza boss Kurata (Ryuji Kita) dissolves his own criminal empire, a rival kingpin offers a position to Kurata's top operative, Tetsuya "Phoenix Tetsu" Hondo (Tetsuya Watari). When the fiercely loyal Tetsu declines, Otsuka taps unstoppable Tatsuzo the "Viper" (Tamio Kawaji), 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.

Tokyo Drifter
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Directed by Seijun Suzuki
Produced by Tetsuro Nakagawa
Written by Yasunori Kawauchi
Starring Tetsuya Watari
Chieko Matsubara
Hideaki Nitani
Music by Hajime Kaburagi
Cinematography Shigeyoshi Mine
Edited by Shinya Inoue
Release date
April 10, 1966
Running time
83 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget US$20 million

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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