Director - Selected filmography and DVDBeaver links:


Operetta tanuki goten (2005), Pistol Opera (2001), Kekkon (1993), Yumeji (1991), Kagero-za (1981), Zigoineruwaizen (1980), The Fang in the Hole (1979), Tale of Sorrow and Sadness (1977),  Branded to Kill (1967), Fighting Elegy (1966), Tokyo Drifter (1966), Carmen from Kawachi (1966), Story of a Prostitute (1965), Tattooed Life (1965), Gate of Flesh (1964), The Flowers and the Angry Waves (1964), The Bastard (1963), Kanto Wanderer (1963), Go to Hell Bastards (1963), Youth of the Beast (1963), Tokyo Knights (1961), The Man with a Shotgun (1961), The Sleeping Beast Within (1960), Smashing the 0-Line (1960), Take Aim at the Police Van (1960), Fighting Delinquents (1960), Underworld Beauty (1958), Eight Hours of Terror (1957)

Suggested Reading

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The Yakuza Movie Book : A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films
by Mark Schilling

Famously fired from Nikkatsu Studios for his delirious and eccentric cinematic crafting, Seijun Suzuki is a director like no other. In the 1960’s he was responsible for an unending string of dazzling B-movies the likes of which are not likely to be duplicated anytime soon. His films feature an amazing use of studio sets, often bordering on the baroque and the surreal in their flashy use of color and striking arrangements. Although most of his film’s dealt with the ingredients of trashy pulp fiction -- seedy nightclubs, lonely hitmen, and disillusioned prostitutes -- Suzuki’s mannerist approach to these stories repeatedly deviated so far from the norm, that they are best placed in the realm of 'art cinema'. Style can transcend even the harshest budget limitations, and all one need do is look at one inventive frame from Suzuki’s florid ‘Scope compositions' to understand this. Now 84 years young, Suzuki is still at the top of his game. His latest film, the free-form musical Princess Raccoon screened out-of-competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival where it enchanted audiences with a wild mix of ballet, opera, rap music, and salsa dancing. His eclectic style continues to endure. - Adam Lemke