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Seijun Suzuki born Seitaro Suzuki (24 May 1923 – 13 February 2017) was a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are renowned by film enthusiasts worldwide for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded his magnum opus, Branded to Kill (1967), starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal, but he was blacklisted for 10 years after that. As an independent filmmaker, he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991). His films remained widely unknown outside of Japan until a series of theatrical retrospectives beginning in the mid 1980s, home video releases of key films such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter in the late 1990s and tributes by such acclaimed filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Takeshi Kitano, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino signaled his international discovery. Suzuki has continued making films, albeit sporadically. In Japan, he is more commonly recognized as an actor for his numerous roles in Japanese films and television. He passed away on February 13th, 2017. Description above from the Wikipedia article Seijun Suzuki, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
Thursday, May 24, 1923, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
Monday, February 13, 2017
1960 Take Aim at the Police VanDirector 1963 Youth of the BeastDirector 1964 Gate of FleshDirector 1965 Story of a ProstituteDirector 1966 Tokyo DrifterDirector 1966 Fighting ElegyDirector 1967 Branded to KillDirector and Screenplay 1980 ZigeunerweisenDirector 1981 Kagero-zaDirector 1985 Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of BabylonDirector 1985 Capone Cries a LotDirector 1991 YumejiDirector 1995 Cold FeverHirata's Grandfather 1998 Sleepless Town 2001 Pistol OperaDirectorLimited to the 15 most popular items