Tattooed Life
SUZUKI Seijun 鈴木清順
刺青一代
Irezumi ichidai

Japan
1965
87
Black & white
English
subtitles

Made a year before the director’s famous yakuza films Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill, SUZUKi Seijun already demonstrated how to give a seemingly run-of-the-mill story his own touch. This tale of two brothers on the run is composed of carefully constructed shots combined with a nihilism not seen in yakuza film until a decade later.

Preceded by talk with Ronin de GOEDE on the ASAKUSA exhibition.

Een jaar voordat SUZUKI Seijun zijn beroemde yakuzafilms Tokyo Drifter en Branded to Kill maakte, liet de regisseur al zien hoe hij zijn eigen draai aan een ogenschijnlijk doorsnee verhaal kon geven. Deze film over twee broers op de vlucht bestaat uit zorgvuldige visuele composities in combinatie met een nihilisme die pas een decennium later in yakuzafilms te zien zou zijn.

Voorafgegaan door een gesprek met Ronin de GOEDE over de ASAKUSA tentoonstelling.

SUZUKI Seijun 鈴木 清順 was a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. He made predominantly low-budget B-movies while working at Nikkatsu Company from 1956 to 1967, specifically in the yakuza genre. Around the 1980s, his films started to receive attention outside of Japan thanks to home video releases of films such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter. SUZUKI also received tributes from critically acclaimed filmmakers like Jim JARMUSCH, Quentin TARANTINO, and KITANO Takeshi. In Japan, however, he is more commonly known as an actor in several Japanese television series and films.

2005 – Princess Raccoon オペレッタ狸御殿
1991 – Yumeji 夢二
1985 – Lupin III: Legend of the Gold of Babylon ルパン三世 バビロンの黄金伝説
1967 – Branded to Kill 殺しの烙印
1966 – Tokyo Drifter 東京流れ者
1963 – Kanto Wanderer 関東無宿
1963 – Youth of the Beast 野獣の青春
1961 – Man With A Shotgun 散弾銃の男
1960 – Go To Hell, Hoodlums! くたばれ愚連隊
1956 – Victory is Mine 港の乾杯 勝利をわが手に