ARTFORMUM - Four Play by Howard Hampto

This article is the reason I got into Seijun Suzuki and started this site. An insiteful and well written article that would get anyone into Suzuki. A MUST READ!!!

My Soujourn With Suzuki by Tony Kay

Our first ever fan submited Suzuki article, by house favorite Tony Kay, about his chance meeting with Seijun Suzuki at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Midnight Eye - Seijun Suzuki Interview

The Midnight Eye's exclusive Q&A with Seijun Suzuki at the Venice Film Festival during the premirer of Pistol Opera.

CINIFILES Article Archieves - Berkely Art Museum + Pacific Film Archieve

A whole searchable database of Seijun Suzuki film articles.

Get Hiroshima

A Japanese culture website with an article about the lamented Seijun Suzuki retropective and Suzuki's use of kabuki techniques in his films.

A Lust for Violence - 2002 Melburne Film Fest Program Notes

A copy of the program notes from the Melburne International Film Festival's Seijun Suzuki retrospective A Lust for Violence. A note to the viewer, "Please invert your mind before taking in these movies, and chortle at the expense of your own stupidity." Wise words indeed.

Zigeunerweizen 21 Years Later - A Personal Account by Kurei Hibiki

There are two men in the Japanese film world who are referred to as directors, but don't make films. One is Yamamoto Shinya, the other is Seijun Suzuki.

Seijun Suzuki: Authority in Minority   by Stephen Teo

Suzuki seems to bridge the kinetic mood of Godard with the more serious tones of Oshima. Today, it is easy to see how Suzuki, rather than Godard or Oshima, is clearly the progenitor of such contemporary directors as Wong Kar-wai, Sabu, John Woo, and Jim Jarmusch. 
(Also includes Seijun Suzuki Filmography)

Indie reservation  by Film Unlimited UK

Jim Jarmusch talks about his alcohol filled meeting with Seijun Suzuki, and Suzuki's opinions on Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.

Exploding Good Fun  by Sean McNALLY

Suzuki trampled the rules, spraying fire from his cinematic lips. With Berkeleyesque ingenuity he put the camera wherever he felt it would capture the greatest effect--not merely in front of the actors but above, below or inside them.


Between the 1960ís and early 1970ís, Japanese cinema literally exploded with some of the greatest genre filmmaking ever seen.

Deep Focas: a completely subjective article - Tokyo Drifter   by Bryant Frazer

I spent my time gaping happily at the screen. It took me a second viewing of Branded to Kill to figure out exactly what the hell was going on -- a first look at this picture is well nigh overwhelming.

Miami New Times: The Way of Jim Jarmuschby Robert Wilonsky

"Umm, Mr. Suzuki liked the film a lot," Jarmusch says, "but then I got him kinda drunk."

The Boston Herald: Suzuki offers the good, the bad and the gangsters  by Paul Sherman

Like the volatile crime stories of America's Sam Fuller and Italy's Sergio Leone, Japanese director Seijun Suzuki's movies occur in a hallucinogenic world and at an operatic pitch. 


No doubt about it, "Zigeunerweisen" is a major work. It was voted the best Japanese film of the '80s by Japanese critics.

New Times Los Angeles: "Give It the Gas"
Nuart series highlights the legacy that was Seijun Suzuki's thrill ride   by Andy Klein

It's as though, in one final act of defiance, the director threw Alphaville, Mickey One, Point Blank, Patrick McGoohan's Prisoner series, and the entire body of yakuza movies into a giant Osterizer and cranked it up to puree. 

The Village Voice: UNCLE SAMURAI   by Howard Feinstein

After the French, the American film noir cast its ominous shadow most heavily on the Japanese.

The Times: Early pop guns  by Richard Scott

Toyko Drifter is the Japanese counterpart to the explosion in graphics, fashion and music that in the west produced Warhol and Courreges, free-form psychedelia and op art's calculated precision, the sounds of the Beatles and the Beach Boys. 

The Vancouver Sun: Japanese legend sees himself as simple chronicler by Katherine Monk

For all his accomplishments, Suzuki does not see himself as the legend he has become in Japan.  He says he is not an artist - but a prophet. 

The Times: B-movies before blickbusters by Geoff Brown

A retrospective salute to ''Japanese Kings of the Bs'' Seijun Suzuki.

Ain't It Cool News

A personal account of FATHER GEEK's discovery of Seijun Suzuki on one lost weekend.

Jim Jarmusch:  Innocent Influences, Guilty Pleasures

Jim's "recommended viewing" from the brochure produced in conjunction with the film retrospective On the Road with Jim Jarmusch at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 4-25, 1994.  He sites "Branded to Kill" as his number one recommended movie.


Home page for the 23rd Mostra International De Cinema Sao Paulo International Film Festival's Seijun Suzuki Retrospective.  A great article with lots of production stills along with a director's biography.

Knock Off ?

What the hell!!! A review of Jean Clude Van Damme's movie Knock Off, that some how makes a comparison between it and the films of Seijun Suzuki.

iF Magazine (Issue 6.3) - Gangsters, Whores & Whip-Wielding Women (Part1)

iF Magazine's part one in a two part feature profile on the deliriously lurid cinema of Seijun Suzuki.  A must read!!!

iF Magazine (Issue 7.0) - Blaze of Glory (Part2)

How did Seijun Suzuki become known as the Japanese Jean Luc Goddard?  Find out in Part 2 of iF magazine's feature profile on Japan's #1 B-Moive auteur.

Asian Cult Cinema

The fantastic quarterly magazine that has spawned some great books on Asian film.  Thomas Weisser puts out possibly the best magazine that covers the entire Asian film market. Hell, articles written by John Woo and interviews with Seijun Suzuki... now, that's a good mag.

If you want a subscription, this is strongly recommended as well:
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