Seitaro Suzuki

Suzuki Seijun

  • Name: Suzuki Seijun
  • Native name: 鈴木清順
  • Also Known as: Seizun Suzuki
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: May 24, 1923
  • Died: February 13, 2017
Seijun Suzuki 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 Taisho Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991).

His films remained widely unknown outside Japan until a series of theatrical retrospectives beginning in the mid-1980s, home video releases of key films such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter in the late 1990s and tributes by such acclaimed filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Takeshi Kitano, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino signaled his international discovery. Suzuki continued making films, albeit sporadically. In Japan, he is more commonly recognized as an actor for his numerous roles in Japanese films and television. Edit Biography
Director
Year Title Type Rating
2005 Princess Raccoon
Movie
6.8
2001 Pistol Opera
Movie
6.5
1991 Yumeji
Movie
7.4
1985 Capone Cries a Lot
Movie
6.7
1981 Kagero-za
Movie
7.6
1980 Zigeunerweisen
Movie
7.3
1977 A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness
Movie
7.2
1973 Horror Theater Unbalance
Drama
2.0
1967 Branded to Kill
Movie
7.3
1966 Fighting Elegy
Movie
6.8
1966 Tokyo Drifter
Movie
7.1
1966 Kawachi Karumen
Movie
8.0
1965 Tattooed Life
Movie
7.2
1965 Born Under a Bad Star
Movie
6.8
1965 Story of a Prostitute
Movie
7.3
1964 Gate of Flesh
Movie
7.1
1964 The Flower and the Angry Waves
Movie
8.0
1963 Kanto Wanderer
Movie
8.0
1963 The Incorrigible
Movie
2.0
1963 Youth of the Beast
Movie
7.3
1963 Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards
Movie
7.4
1962 High-Teen Yakuza
Movie
4.0
1961 Hyakuman-doru o tatakidase
Movie
5.0
1961 The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass
Movie
0.0
1961 The Man with a Shotgun
Movie
6.7
1961 Tokyo Knights
Movie
7.0
1960 Fighting Delinquents
Movie
5.0
1960 Everything Goes Wrong
Movie
6.9
1960 Smashing the 0-Line
Movie
7.0
1960 The Sleeping Beast Within
Movie
6.7
1960 Take Aim at the Police Van
Movie
7.0
1959 Passport to Darkness
Movie
0.0
1958 Voice Without a Shadow
Movie
7.0
1958 Young Breasts
Movie
2.0
1958 The Boy Who Came Back
Movie
7.3
1958 Underworld Beauty
Movie
7.1
1957 The Naked Woman and the Gun
Movie
7.0
1957 Eight Hours Of Terror
Movie
7.4
1957 Ukigusa no yado
Movie
6.0
1956 Pure Emotions of the Sea
Movie
7.0
1956 Victory is Ours
Movie
6.0
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
1999 Warau Salesman
Japanese Drama, 1999, 10 eps
[Appraiser] (Ep. 8) (Guest Role)
10
[Appraiser] (Ep. 8)
Guest Role
0.0
1998 Great Family Trip
Japanese Drama, 1998, 12 eps
Kikuchi Koichiro (Support Role)
12
Kikuchi Koichiro
Support Role
8.0
1997 Five
Japanese Drama, 1997, 11 eps
Kanzaki Shogo (Ep. 5, 8) (Guest Role)
11
Kanzaki Shogo (Ep. 5, 8)
Guest Role
6.1
1996 Samurai Tantei Jikenbo
Japanese Drama, 1996, 14 eps
(Ep. 4) (Guest Role)
14
(Ep. 4)
Guest Role
0.0
1996 Himawari
Japanese Drama, 1996, 162 eps
Terasaki Yaichi (Support Role)
162
Terasaki Yaichi
Support Role
8.6
1995 Christmas Kiss - Let's Meet Eve
Japanese Drama, 1995, 11 eps
Kazan Akagi (Support Role)
11
Kazan Akagi
Support Role
6.0
1994 Good Mourning
Japanese Drama, 1994, 11 eps
Amano Ken (Support Role)
11
Amano Ken
Support Role
5.0
1991 Kimi no Na wa
Japanese Drama, 1991, 312 eps
[Chief priest] (Support Role)
312
[Chief priest]
Support Role
6.0
1990 Yo nimo Kimyo na Monogatari Series 1
Japanese Drama, 1990, 13 eps
{Shigo no Kuro} (Ep. 5) (Support Role)
13
{Shigo no Kuro} (Ep. 5)
Support Role
8.0
1990 Bishoujo Kamen Poitrine
Japanese Drama, 1990, 51 eps
God (Support Role)
51
God
Support Role
7.8
1986 Sera Fuku Dori
Japanese Drama, 1986, 12 eps
Shiraishi Isamu (Support Role)
12
Shiraishi Isamu
Support Role
7.1
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2019 Senkotsu
Japanese Movie, 2019,
Kamiyama Ryoji (Support Role)
Kamiyama Ryoji
Support Role
7.5
2015 Anata Ni Ite Hoshii: Soar
Japanese Movie, 2015,
(Guest Role)
Guest Role
0.0
2008 Yume no Mani Mani
Japanese Movie, 2008,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.0
2003 Blessing Bell
Japanese Movie, 2003,
[Old man's ghost] (Support Role)
[Old man's ghost]
Support Role
6.9
1999 EM Embalming
Japanese Movie, 1999,
[Embalmer's assistant] (Support Role)
[Embalmer's assistant]
Support Role
6.6
1998 Sleepless Town
Japanese Movie, 1998,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.2
1998 Pupu no Monogatari
Japanese Movie, 1998,
[Old man] (Support Role)
[Old man]
Support Role
7.4
1996 Sure Death! Mondo Dies
Japanese Movie, 1996,
Katsushika Hokusai (Bit part)
Katsushika Hokusai
Bit part
0.0
1983 Double Bed
Japanese Movie, 1983,
[Man at the bar] (Unknown)
[Man at the bar]
Unknown
5.0
1980 Disciples of Hippocrates
Japanese Movie, 1980,
[Phantom Thief] (Support Role)
[Phantom Thief]
Support Role
6.5
1975 Kuraku Naru made Matenai!
Japanese Movie, 1975,
(Bit part)
Bit part
0.0
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
1999 Saigo no Samurai Kawai Tsuginosuke
Japanese Special, 1999, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
6.0
1999 The Case Files of Tax Investigator Madogiwa Tarou 3
Japanese Special, 1999, 1 eps
[Old man] [Political don] (Guest Role)
1
[Old man] [Political don]
Guest Role
0.0
1988 Chushingura
Japanese Special, 1988, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
9.0
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  • First Name: Seitaro
  • Family Name: Suzuki
  • Native name: 鈴木清順
  • Also Known as: Seizun Suzuki
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: May 24, 1923
  • Died: February 13, 2017

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