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2020

ピストルオペラ Pistol Opera (2001)

It’s so good seeing Suzuki work in the blown out early 2000s digital video aesthetic. I might like this even more than the coloring of Tokyo Drifter.

Still from Pistol Opera

カポネ大いに泣く Capone Cries a Lot (1985)

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夢二 Yumeji (1991)

Still from Yumeji

不散 Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)

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플란다스의 개 Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

Still from Barking Dogs Never Bite

陽炎座 Kagero-za (1981)

Still from Kagero-za

阿飛正傳 Days of Being Wild (1990)

Watched the 2020 restoration

Still from Days of Being Wild

旺角卡門 As Tears Go By (1988)

Watched the 2020 restoration

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龍門客棧 Dragon Inn (1967)

Rewatched in anticipation of Metrograph’s screening of Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Still from Dragon Inn

The Royal Road 2015

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ツィゴイネルワイゼン Zigeunerweisen (1980)

Additionally read the source short story, The Sarasate Disk

I keep returning to this one. While it didn’t grab me in the moment, it’s certainly the Suzuki film I’ve spent the most time thinking about.

Still from Zigeunerweisen

香港製造 Made in Hong Kong (1997)

Still from Made in Hong Kong

Mysterious Skin 2004

Still from Mysterious Skin

Totally Fucked Up 1993

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지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들 Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020)

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The Joy of Life 2005

Still from The Joy of Life

Smooth Talk 1985

Still from Smooth Talk

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007

Still from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

The Living End 1992

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The Best Man 1964

Still from The Best Man

The Slumber Party Massacre 1982

Still from The Slumber Party Massacre

悲愁物語 A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness (1977)

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Acid Rain 2019

I’m always excited to see interesting uses of subtitles. There’s a late scene here that does something I’ve never seen before. It’s so good, I suspect the scene is strongest if you don’t know Polish.

Still from Acid Rain

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

Still from Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Videodrome 1983

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The Hills Have Eyes 1977

Still from The Hills Have Eyes

Batman Returns 1992

Still from Batman Returns

블랙핑크: 세상을 밝혀라 BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020)

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拳銃は俺のパスポート A Colt Is My Passport (1967)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003

Still from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Blue Diary 1997

Sisters 1973

Still from Sisters

Season of the Witch 1972

Still from Season of the Witch

殺しの烙印 Branded to Kill (1967)

I first watched this in 2008. It was the first Suzuki film I’d seen, and was the seed for this year’s Artist of the Year selection. It’s hard for me to neutrally assess this, since it clearly left an impact on me then. It was nice seeing so many motifs from earlier films reappear here, even if I’m more impressed with their utilization in the earlier films. It’s remarkable how otherwise stylistically distinct it is from his other Nikkatsu work.

Still from Branded to Kill

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens Nosferatu (1922)

Still from Nosferatu

東京流れ者 Tokyo Drifter (1966)

Still from Tokyo Drifter

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974

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けんかえれじい Fighting Elegy (1966)

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Josie and the Pussycats 2001

Still from Josie and the Pussycats

Spice World: The Movie 1997

Still from Spice World: The Movie

刺青一代 Tattooed Life (1965)

Worth it if only for the genre/style shift in the finale.

Still from Tattooed Life

Following 1999

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The Hole (1999)

Still from The Hole

賭場の牝猫 Gambling Kitten (1965)

After watching Suzuki’s “Flesh Trilogy”, I decided to continue with another film starring Yumiko Nogawa. This doesn’t quite live up those films.

Still from Gambling Kitten

Total Recall 1990

Still from Total Recall

Bisbee '17 2018

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河内カルメン Carmen from Kawachi (1966)

Still from Carmen from Kawachi

Leviathan 2012

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春婦伝 Story of a Prostitute (1965)

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988

Still from Who Framed Roger Rabbit

El hoyo The Platform (2019)

Still from The Platform

肉体の門 Gate of Flesh (1964)

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Babe 1995

Still from Babe

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

Still from Raiders of the Lost Ark

River of Grass 1995

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火口のふたり It Feels So Good (2019)

It’s been over a month and I still think about the opening credits

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Kontora 2019

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男はつらいよ50 - お帰り 寅さん Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019)

Still from Tora-san, Wish You Were Here

男はつらいよ ぼくの伯父さん Tora-san, My Uncle (1989)

男はつらいよ 寅次郎相合い傘 Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again (1975)

Still from Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again

海辺の映画館-キネマの玉手箱 Labyrinth of Cinema (2019)

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神様のいるところ My Identity (2019)

Still from My Identity

スペシャル アクターズ Special Actors (2019)

Still from Special Actors

男はつらいよ Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp (1969)

Still from Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp

タイトル、拒絶 Life: Untitled (2019)

Still from Life: Untitled

Bullitt 1968

Steve McQueen is Haginoya’s favorite.

Still from Bullitt

音楽 On-Gaku: Our Sound (2020)

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エキストロ Extro (2019)

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WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES We Are Little Zombies (2019)

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Camp Nowhere 1994

Watched this with a bunch of anarchists who provided commentary about the ways the camp adhered to anarchist principles of organization

Still from Camp Nowhere

Newsies 1992

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帰って来たヨッパライ Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968)

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Independence Day 1996

Still from Independence Day

À bout de souffle Breathless (1960)

Still from Breathless

Mulholland Drive 2001

Still from Mulholland Drive

Hercules 1997

Still from Hercules

Foxy Brown 1974

Still from Foxy Brown

俺たちの血が許さない Our Blood Will Not Forgive (1964)

So many interesting visual sequences here, some of which individually make returns in later films, but the density of them makes this special.

Still from Our Blood Will Not Forgive

椿三十郎 Sanjuro (1962)

Rewatched with commentary by Stephen Prince

Still from Sanjuro

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

Still from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

椿三十郎 Sanjuro (1962)

Still from Sanjuro

関東無宿 Kanto Wanderer (1963)

Still from Kanto Wanderer

師弟出馬 The Young Master (1980)

Still from The Young Master

Dark Star 1974

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Fail Safe 1964

Rewatched with commentary by Sidney Lumet

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Fail Safe 1964

Still from Fail Safe

探偵事務所23 くたばれ悪党ども Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards! (1963)

Still from Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards!

The Producers 1967

Still from The Producers

The Italian Job 1969

Still from The Italian Job

招半式闖江湖 Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978)

Still from Half a Loaf of Kung Fu

黑眼圈 I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)

Still from I Don't Want to Sleep Alone

卧虎藏龙 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Still from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

用心棒 Yojimbo (1961)

Rewatched with commentary by Stephen Prince

Still from Yojimbo

Dolemite 1975

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用心棒 Yojimbo (1961)

Still from Yojimbo

Onward 2020

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野獣の青春 Youth of the Beast (1963)

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南方车站的聚会 The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

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Bacurau 2019

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ハイティーンやくざ Teenage Yakuza (1962)

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Rope a Dope 2013

Det sjunde inseglet The Seventh Seal (1957)

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Dolemite Is My Name 2019

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言の葉の庭 The Garden of Words (2013)

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東京騎士隊 Tokyo Knights (1961)

Still from Tokyo Knights

The Blob 1958

Still from The Blob

破坏之王 Love on Delivery (1994)

Still from Love on Delivery

散弾銃の男 The Man with a Shotgun (1961)

Still from The Man with a Shotgun

There Will Be Blood 2007

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Иди и смотри Come and See (1985)

The last trip to theaters before city-wide shutdowns

Still from Come and See

密航0ライン Smashing the 0-Line (1960)

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Candyman 1992

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狂熱の季節 The Warped Ones (1960)

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きみと、波にのれたら Ride Your Wave (2019)

Still from Ride Your Wave

夜は短し歩けよ乙女 Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017)

Still from Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

Blade 1998

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

Still from Blade

Passenger 57 1992

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

Still from Passenger 57

The Fan 1996

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

Still from The Fan

New Jack City 1991

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

Still from New Jack City

すべてが狂ってる Everything Goes Wrong (1960)

Still from Everything Goes Wrong

Snowpiercer 2013

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13号待避線より その護送車を狙え Take Aim at the Police Van (1960)

Still from Take Aim at the Police Van

Sonic the Hedgehog 2020

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Cats 2019

Still from Cats

我的镜头 Chinese Portrait (2018)

Still from Chinese Portrait

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1967

Still from Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

8時間の恐怖 Eight Hours of Terror (1957)

Still from Eight Hours of Terror

Hairspray 2007

Still from Hairspray

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century 1999

Still from Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

12 Angry Men 1957

Still from 12 Angry Men

暗黒街の美女 Underworld Beauty (1958)

Still from Underworld Beauty

A pátý jezdec je Strach …And the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

Still from …And the Fifth Horseman Is Fear

天気の子 Weathering with You (2019)

Still from Weathering with You

하녀 The Housemaid (1960)

Still from The Housemaid

Death Race 2000 1975

Still from Death Race 2000

Logan's Run 1976

Still from Logan's Run

踏みはずした春 The Boy Who Came Back (1958)

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Blow Out 1981

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天気の子 Weathering with You (2019)

Still from Weathering with You

1917 2019

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Anatomy of a Murder 1959

Still from Anatomy of a Murder

ギターを持った渡り鳥 The Rambling Guitarist (1959)

Still from The Rambling Guitarist

赤い波止場 Red Pier (1958)

Still from Red Pier

影なき声 Voice Without a Shadow (1958)

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