Videodrome :: Tokyo Drifter (1966)

Tokyo Drifter is undoubtedly a pop film, and like the greatest pop songs, its limitations birthed its originality. Despite a muddled script adapted from pop-song lyrics, a meager budget, and a draconian studio system, Suzuki managed to outmaneuver his dire circumstances, producing a film that was even more glossy and fashionable than if he had twice or triple the budget and time. It's pure spectacle for the sake of spectacle, an idiom of sixties pop culture that - like any great pop chorus - invites you to sing along with it . . .

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