Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

8 Episodes

Seijun Suzuki’s deliriously inventive approach to filmmaking and his ability to contort genre expectations have influenced filmmakers from John Woo to Quentin Tarantino. We celebrate the life and career of this genuine iconoclast.

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Directed by Seijun Suzuki
  • A Tribute to Seijun Suzuki

    Episode 1

  • Take Aim at the Police Van

    Episode 2

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1960 • Japan

    At the beginning of Seijun Suzuki's taut and twisty whodunit, a prison truck is attacked and a convict inside murdered. The penitentiary guard on duty, Daijiro (Michitaro Mizushima), is accused of negligence and suspended, only to take it upon himself to ...

  • Youth of the Beast

    Episode 3

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1963 • Japan
    Starring Joe Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji

    When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo’s underworld explodes with violence. YOUTH OF THE BEAST (YAJU NO SEISHUN) was a breakthrough for director Seijun Suzuki, introducing...

  • Gate of Flesh

    Episode 4

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1964 • Japan
    Starring Joe Shishido, Yumiko Nogawa, Satoko Kasai

    In the shady black markets and bombed-out hovels of post-World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a worl...

  • Story of a Prostitute

    Episode 5

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1965 • Japan
    Starring Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa, Tamio Kawachi

    Volunteering as a “comfort woman” on the Manchurian front, where she is expected to service hundreds of soldiers, Harumi is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita but falls for the sensitive Mikam...

  • Tokyo Drifter

    Episode 6

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1966 • Japan
    Starring Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawaji

    In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu’s attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Director Seijun Suzuki’s onslaught ...

  • Fighting Elegy

    Episode 7

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1966 • Japan
    Starring Hideki Takahashi, Junko Asano, Yusuke Kawazu

    High schooler Kiroku Nanbu yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku’s sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet...

  • Branded to Kill

    Episode 8

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1967 • Japan
    Starring Joe Shishido, Koji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa

    When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired. BRANDED TO KILL tells the ecstatica...