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Has nothing to do with ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift''.


One of the last {{Yakuza}} films maverick Japanese film director Creator/SeijunSuzuki made for Nikkatsu, ''Tokyo Drifter'' exhibits all of the features of Suzuki's iconoclastic style, which gleefully skewered classic yakuza genre tropes with dark humor, pop-art visuals and rule-of-cool sensibilities. Nikkatsu studios drastically reduced Tokyo Drifter's budget in a vain attempt rein Suzuki in but this only caused him get even more creative. Suzuki responded by stripping the story down to its bare essentials, eliminating connecting shots through clever camera work, and building the film around a series of long establishing shots of star Tetsuya Watari in a rather distinctive and modish light blue suit wandering around in the snow. Though not a big success when originally released (lending credence to Nikkatsu's charge that Suzuki's films "make no money and make no sense") it has since become a CultClassic and Suzuki's absurdist and bare-bones style would become influential among a younger generation of directors, most notably Creator/QuentinTarantino.

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One of the last {{Yakuza}} films maverick Japanese film director Creator/SeijunSuzuki made for Nikkatsu, ''Tokyo Drifter'' exhibits all of the features of Suzuki's iconoclastic style, which gleefully skewered classic yakuza genre tropes with dark humor, pop-art visuals and rule-of-cool sensibilities. Nikkatsu studios drastically reduced Tokyo Drifter's budget in a vain attempt to rein Suzuki in but this only caused him get even more creative. Suzuki responded by stripping the story down to its bare essentials, eliminating connecting shots through clever camera work, and building the film around a series of long establishing shots of star Tetsuya Watari in a rather distinctive and modish light blue suit wandering around in the snow. Though not a big success when originally released (lending credence to Nikkatsu's charge that Suzuki's films "make no money and make no sense") it has since become a CultClassic and Suzuki's absurdist and bare-bones style would become influential among a younger generation of directors, most notably Creator/QuentinTarantino.


* ManInWhite: In the final scene Tetsu wears an off-white suit, a white shirt, and a white tie, symbolizing his purity and honor, while all the other men wear black suits, symbolizing their corruption. Of course, since the message of the film is that it's bad to put HonorBeforeReason, this is not necessarily a good thing.

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* ManInWhite: MeaningfulAppearance: In the final scene Tetsu wears an off-white suit, a white shirt, and a white tie, symbolizing his purity and honor, while all the other men wear black suits, symbolizing their corruption. Of course, since the message of the film is that it's bad to put HonorBeforeReason, this is not necessarily a good thing.

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--> '''Tetsu''': I can't walk with a woman at my side.


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* WalkingTheEarth: Tetsu chooses this fate at the end, continuing the life of a drifter even when he doesn't have to.

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* HighPressureBlood: Note the impressive fountain of blood at the end when Kurata slices his wrist with a shard of glass.


* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: The bar brawl ends with Tatsuzo shooting himself in the head after Shooting Star gets the drop on him.

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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The bar brawl ends with Tatsuzo shooting himself in the head after Shooting Star gets the drop on him.


* AntagonistInMourning: Tetsu, Shooting Star, and Umetani are depressed after Tatsuzo kills himself at the end of their fight.
--> '''Umetani''': Even the death of a killer gets me down.



* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: The bar brawl ends with Tatsuzo shooting himself in the head after Shooting Star gets the drop on him.



* CelibateHero: Early in the film Tetsu rejects a thinly-veiled offer from Chiharu to come up to her place for sex. And later he declines to let her come with him on his life as a drifter, saying he's gotten used to being alone.

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* CelibateHero: Early in the film Tetsu rejects a thinly-veiled offer from Chiharu to come up to her place for sex. And later at the end he declines to let her come with him on his life as a drifter, saying he's gotten used to being alone.alone.
* TheChanteuse: Sexy Chiharu is the singer at Kurata's nightclub. Otsuka wants her for himself.



* TheChanteuse: Sexy Chiharu is the singer at Kurata's nightclub. Otsuka wants her for himself.

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* PantyShot: This {{Fanservice}} trope generally associated with Japanese anime is seen here during the BarBrawl, when there's a shot of a woman hanging above the camera from the edge of a collapses balcony, legs spread, 1800s-style underwear prominently shown. The scene cuts to a DirtyOldMan below her, giggling.

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* BarBrawl: Otsuka's men track Tetsu to a bar in Sasebo, starting an epic brawl when they attack. Just to drive home the joke, the bar in question is an American Wild West theme bar, complete with bat-wing doors.


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* RaceFetish: Subtext in the scene where a white woman is performing as a stripper in a bar. And then direct text when, in the middle of the chaotic brawl, the stripper comes on to Tetsu.
--> '''Stripper''': ''(in Japanese)'' Much better than the French, English, and American guys I see. ''(kisses Tetsu)''


* TheCavalry: Just when it looks like Tetsu has finally been chased down by Otsuka's goons in some countryside town, he is rescued by "Shooting Star", a former Otsuka Mook who has gone rogue.

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* TheCavalry: Just when it looks like Tetsu has finally been chased down by Otsuka's goons in some countryside a provincial town, he is rescued by "Shooting Star", a former Otsuka Mook who has gone rogue.



--> '''Tatsuzo''': Stupid peasants!



* {{Yakuza}}: Both the characters and the genre.

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* TravelMontage: A series of static shots of various cities with wipes as transitions, and a screen chyron that says "drifting...drifting", illustrate Tetsu's wandering before he winds up in Sasebo at a [[TheWildWest Wild West]]-themed bar.
* {{Yakuza}}: Both the characters and the genre.genre.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: The Wild West bar Tetsu visits in Sasebo has a lady doing a striptease routine.

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* TheCavalry: Just when it looks like Tetsu has finally been chased down by Otsuka's goons in some countryside town, he is rescued by "Shooting Star", a former Otsuka Mook who has gone rogue.


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* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: "Shooting Star" notes that the mook who is pointing a gun at him forgot to take the safety off, then snatches the gun out of his hands.


* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight: Two rival gangs in a provincial town are fighting with swords, and it all looks totally badass--until Tatsuzo the Otsuka man strides forward with a pistol and starts plugging dudes. The battle ends shortly thereafter.



* SexySecretary: Yoshii's secretary Mutsuko, who is shown in one scene artfully applying lipstick. She's also Otsuka's moll and she betrays her boss to Otsuka.

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* SexySecretary: Yoshii's secretary Mutsuko, who is shown in one scene artfully applying lipstick. She's also the girlfriend of one of Otsuka's moll men, and she betrays her boss to Otsuka.

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