Tuesday, May 31

Repertory Series ArchiveTime and Place Are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki

Tattooed Life

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(1965) dir Seijun Suzuki w/Hideki Takahashi, Masako Izumi, Akira Yamauchi, Kotobuki Hananomoto [87 min; 35mm]
Set in the 1930s, TATTOOED LIFE is the story of two brothers: Kenji, an art student, and Tetsu, who is working as a yakuza to help pay for Kenji’s tuition. When a hit job goes horribly wrong, the brothers flee. They end up finding work in a mine – and falling in love with the owner’s wife and daughter. But will Tetsu’s gang tattoos reveal the brothers’ secret past? The first film to earn Suzuki a warning about “going too far” from his Nikkatsu bosses, TATTOOED LIFE contains one of his most iconic and audacious violations of film form: a final fight scene in which the floor suddenly and illogically disappears, and the action is filmed from below the actors’ feet.

Read Brattle Film Notes for TATTOOED LIFE, written by Greg Mucci

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Tuesday 5/31
at 8:30 PM

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