Date: Sat. January 19, 2013 - Sat. April 6, 2013.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada
TIFF Cinematheque presents Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu to showcase 12 films from the golden age of Nikkatsu studio. Founded in 1912, the company had been forced to close down its production arm during World War II due to the government’s forced “rationalization” of the film industry. During the postwar production boom, however, Nikkatsu re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with. In 1954, Nikkatsu completed construction of a massive soundstage facility and lured young, promising talent away from such stodgily hierarchical rivals as Shochiku by guaranteeing these up-and-comers quick advancement from assistant to full director status. It was thus that such vibrant talents as Yuzo Kawashima, Seijun Suzuki, Koreyoshi Kurahara, and future Japanese New Wave icon Shohei Imamura were given an early chance to strut their stuff.
- Massacre Gun (Minagoroshi no kenju); Dir. Yasuharu Haseb
- Intimidation (Aru kyohaku); Dir. Koreyoshi Kurahara
- Retaliation (Shima wa moratta); Dir. Yasuharu Hasebe
- Rusty Knife (Sabita naifu); Dir. Toshio Masuda
- The Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (Bakumatsu taiyoden); Dir. Yuzo Kawashima
- The Woman from the Sea (Kaitei kara kita onna); Dir. Koreyoshi Kurahara
- Tokyo Drifter (Tokyo nagaremono); Dir. Seijun Suzuki
- Branded to Kill (Koroshi no rakuin); Dir. Seijun Suzuki
- A Colt Is My Passport (Koruto wa ore no pasupooto); Dir. Takashi Nomura
- Suzaki Paradise: Red Light District (Suzaki paradaisu: Aka shingo); Dir. Yuzo Kawashima
- Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Nora-neko rokku: Sekkusu hanta); Dir. Yasuharu Hasebe
- The Warped Ones (Kyonetsu no kisetsu); Dir. Koreyoshi Kurahara
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