Time and Place Are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki

Wednesday, May 18 – Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Brattle

May 14–29 at Harvard Film Archive

BRANDED TO KILLB-movies have always allowed a certain kind of film artist a level of freedom that nourishes creativity – true with the film noir cycle of the 1940s, the AIP/Roger Corman school of directors in the 1960s, the Spaghetti Westerns of 1970s Italy – and this was no less true in post-WWII Japan where a shattered film industry tried to find new direction. Emerging into this environment in the 1950s and 60s was one of the most idiosyncratic and wildly creative genre directors of all time, Seijun Suzuki. Though his cinematic excesses eventually got him fired and practically banned from making films for almost a decade, his body of work – particularly regarded in retrospective – is one of the most remarkable in film history. Though his most well-known films, TOKYO DRIFTER and BRANDED TO KILL are visionary crime dramas, his body of work includes bizarre melodramas, youth pictures, sordid sex films, anarchic comedies, and more. Don’t miss this special series that consists almost entirely of specially imported 35mm prints!

Co-organized by the Japan Foundation, New York. Special thanks to: Tom Vick of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institute; Kanako Shirasaki at The Japan Foundation, New York; Haden Guest, David Pendleton, and Carson Lund at the Harvard Film Archive.

Part of the Suzuki retrospective is taking place at Harvard Film Archive. Visit hcl.harvard.edu/hfa for more information on their screenings.

All film descriptions by Tom Vick, author of Time and Place Are Nonsense – The Films of Seijun Suzuki (University of Washington Press, 2015).

The Call of Blood (at Harvard Film Archive)


Gate of Flesh (at Harvard Film Archive)


Youth of the Beast


Kanto Wanderer


Tokyo Drifter


Carmen from Kawachi (at Harvard Film Archive)


The Sleeping Beast Within (at Harvard Film Archive)


Gate of Flesh (at Harvard Film Archive)


Capone Cries a Lot (at Harvard Film Archive)


Eight Hours of Fear


Passport to Darkness


Fighting Elegy


Smashing the O-Line


Zigeunerweisen


Kagero-za (at Harvard Film Archive)


Story of a Prostitute (at Harvard Film Archive)


Carmen from Kawachi (at Harvard Film Archive)


Yumeji (at Harvard Film Archive)


Tattooed Life


Princess Raccoon


A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness


Branded to Kill


Pistol Opera