Seijun Suzuki

Seijun Suzuki – Jûsangô taihi-sen ori: Sono gôshô o nerae aka Take Aim At The Police Van (1960)

A sharpshooter kills two prisoners in a police van at night. The guard on the van is suspended for six months; he’s Tamon, an upright, modest man. He begins his own investigation into the murders. Who were the victims, who are their relatives and girlfriends, who else was on the van that night? As he doggedly investigates, others die, coincidences occur, and several leads take him to the Hamaju Agency, which may be supplying call girls. Its owner is in jail, his daughter, the enigmatic Yuko, keeps turning up where Tamon goes. Tamon believes he can awaken good in people, but has he met his match? Will he solve the murders or be the next victim? And who is Akiba? Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Mikkô zero rain AKA Smashing The 0-Line (1960)


Two reporters from competing newspapers and different moral setups investigate a drug ring, delving deeper into the underworld in the process. Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Yajû no seishun AKA Youth of the Beast [+Extras] (1963)

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Plot :
Joe Shishido plays a tough guy with a secret agenda. His violent behavior comes to the attention of a yakuza boss who immediately recruits him. He soon tries to make a deal with a rival gang a starts a gang war. His real motivations are gradually revealed as we find out how this all ties in with the murder of a policeman shown at the beginning of the film. Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Sandanju no otoko AKA The Man With A Shotgun (1961)


Ryoji, a wanderer, arrives in a remote mountain town, carrying a shotgun and claiming to be a hunter. He quickly becomes embroiled in a web of trouble surrounding the town’s mill. Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Hachijikan no kyôfu AKA Eight Hours Of Terror (1957)


“8 Hours of Fear = 80 surprisingly entertaining minutes! This is the earliest Suzuki I’ve seen, before the man was even named “Seijun” (opening credits bill him by his birth name “Seitaro Suzuki”). A cast of diverse characters embark on a perilous bus journey (the railroad is out of commission, it seems) through known gangster territory. Think Stagecoach with yakuzas instead of attacking Apaches or Lifeboat with bumpy mountain roads in place of the high seas. Or, if you’re going to get all modern about it, maybe a slightly slower Speed (at 60mph). Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Kemono no nemuri AKA The Sleeping Beast Within (1960)



A man never returns from an office party, sending his wife and daughter in to a frenzied search for clues. They acquire the help of a journalist friend, who goes on a chase down the seedy underworld of Yokohama, where bar girls, strange cults and drug pushers rule the night. Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Tokyo naito AKA Tokyo Knights (1961)



After the sudden death of his father, high school kid Koji is elevated to company president of the Matsudara Syndicate. The old guard thinks they got themselves an easy stooge, but Koji has some hidden talents up his sleave. Read More »