1960s, podcast

Tokyo Drifter (1966) / Ep. 12

Nick and Dan drift into the eastern hemisphere without a prayer in the world or a gun in their suit jacket pocket. We discuss Seijun Suzuki’s TOKYO DRIFTER from 1966.


00:00:00 / Intro (w/ clips from interviews with Seijun Suzuki)

00:02:06 / Theme Song

00:03:24 / Episode Start

00:05:25 / Film discussion: Tokyo Drifter (1966)

00:53:42 / Intermission

00:54:51 / Film discussion continues

02:11:55 / Segment: The A-List


Would you like to know more . . . about Seijun Suzuki?

Click here to find Tom Vick’s comprehensive & fully-illustrated book “Time & Place Are Nonsense: The Films Of Seijun Suzuki”:

Click here to read more of Howard Hampton’s delirious prose on Suzuki in “Born in Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales, & Pop Apocalypses”:

Click here to read Chris D’s irresistible brainstorms on how Suzuki developed his style:

Click here to experience firsthand the unbelievable comedic brilliance of Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show” [04/29/2010]:

Here’s the translation from the Japanese of Seijun Suzuki’s statements that are sampled in the intro of this episode:

“The question is: What do I think about my own films?

            — I make movies that make no sense & make no money.

So I tried a lot of different ideas & styles to accomplish that.

            — I make movies that make no sense & make no money.

I guess that’s the strength of entertainment movies. You can do anything you want to, as long as those elements make the movie interesting. That’s my theory of the grammar of cinema.

            — I make movies that make no sense & make no money.

I just didn’t want to follow everything the company ordered me to do. That’s another reason I sued.”

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