Dir: Seijun Suzuki, (1963), Japan, 88 min, Bluray, Cert: 12
Starring original Diamond Guy, Joe Shishido as Detective Tajima, Seijun Suzuki's Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! is a hard hitting, rapid-fire yakuza film that redefined the Japanese crime drama. Bouncing from action to drama at a rapid rate, whilst also interspersing the proceedings with comedic sections involving Tajima and his partners, including taking part in a song-and-dance number! Take that stiff upper lip.
Part of Seijun Suzuki – Japanese New Wave Yakuza and 1960s Surreal Cool season.
"Seijun Suzuki (鈴木 清順), (1923 – 2017), was a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are known for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded as his magnum opus, Branded to Kill (1967), starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal, but he was blacklisted for 10 years after that. As an independent filmmaker, he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991).