Film Series : Seijun Suzuki: Branded to Thrill

Kanto Wanderer

関東無宿 / Kantō mushuku

1963, Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 92 min. With Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 30th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Feb 1st 6:00pm

"A unique work from a true visual artist. The film challenges established notions of masculinity and group devotion while at the same time using a well-established genre to experiment with the pop art aesthetic." – Rex Baylon, Film Expression

KANTO WANDERER is a key middle-period Suzuki, poised between his stylish earlier crime films and his later gonzo assaults on the genre. The film is an example of the ninkyo eiga or “chivalry” subgenre, in which an honorable gangster’s adherence to duty is put in conflict with his personal feelings. A provocative prologue involves three curious schoolgirls, one of whom develops a crush on the yakuza hero Atsuko, but he is drawn to a mature female card sharp whose ties to a rival gang compromise his loyalty. The familiar genre trappings are undermined by a subtle but scathing critique of the yakuza code, just as the film’s classical style increasingly gives way to startling Kabuki flourishes of lighting and color. In Japanese with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Suzuki film on any Saturday in January, and get a ticket for the second Suzuki film that day at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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