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Japan gangster 1966 color 83 min.
Director: Seijun Suzuki
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1 disc, catalog # CC1514L

VHS: available from Home Vision Cinema

In this "free-jazz gangster film," "Phoenix" Tetsu drifts around Japan awaiting his own extinction until he's called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Equal parts Russ Meyer, Nagisa Oshima, and Frank Tashlin, this "barrage of aestheticised violence, visual gags, [and] mind-warping color effects," once again put Suzuki in trouble with Nikkatsu studio heads, who had ordered him to "play it straight this time." Criterion presents the American premiere in a lush color transfer from the original, glorious Nikkatsu-scope master with new electronic subtitles. This edition features a rare interview with Seijun Suzuki.

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