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.

カポネ大いに泣く Capone Cries a Lot (1985)

夢二 Yumeji (1991)

不散 Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)

플란다스의 개 Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

陽炎座 Kagero-za (1981)

阿飛正傳 Days of Being Wild (1990)

Watched the 2020 restoration

旺角卡門 As Tears Go By (1988)

Watched the 2020 restoration

龍門客棧 Dragon Inn (1967)

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

The Royal Road 2015

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.

香港製造 Made in Hong Kong (1997)

Mysterious Skin 2004

Totally Fucked Up 1993

지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들 Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020)

The Joy of Life 2005

Smooth Talk 1985

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007

The Living End 1992

The Best Man 1964

The Slumber Party Massacre 1982

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

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.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

Videodrome 1983

The Hills Have Eyes 1977

Batman Returns 1992

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

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

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

Blue Diary 1997

Sisters 1973

Season of the Witch 1972

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.

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens Nosferatu (1922)

東京流れ者 Tokyo Drifter (1966)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974

けんかえれじい Fighting Elegy (1966)

Josie and the Pussycats 2001

Spice World: The Movie 1997

刺青一代 Tattooed Life (1965)

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

Following 1999

The Hole (1999)

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.

Total Recall 1990

Bisbee '17 2018

河内カルメン Carmen from Kawachi (1966)

Leviathan 2012

春婦伝 Story of a Prostitute (1965)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988

El hoyo The Platform (2019)

肉体の門 Gate of Flesh (1964)

Babe 1995

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

River of Grass 1995

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

Kontora 2019

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

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)

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

神様のいるところ My Identity (2019)

スペシャル アクターズ Special Actors (2019)

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

タイトル、拒絶 Life: Untitled (2019)

Bullitt 1968

Steve McQueen is Haginoya’s favorite.

音楽 On-Gaku: Our Sound (2020)

エキストロ Extro (2019)

WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES We Are Little Zombies (2019)

Camp Nowhere 1994

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

Newsies 1992

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

Independence Day 1996

À bout de souffle Breathless (1960)

Mulholland Drive 2001

Hercules 1997

Foxy Brown 1974

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.

椿三十郎 Sanjuro (1962)

Rewatched with commentary by Stephen Prince

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

椿三十郎 Sanjuro (1962)

関東無宿 Kanto Wanderer (1963)

師弟出馬 The Young Master (1980)

Dark Star 1974

Fail Safe 1964

Rewatched with commentary by Sidney Lumet

Fail Safe 1964

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

The Producers 1967

The Italian Job 1969

招半式闖江湖 Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978)

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

卧虎藏龙 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

用心棒 Yojimbo (1961)

Rewatched with commentary by Stephen Prince

Dolemite 1975

用心棒 Yojimbo (1961)

Onward 2020

野獣の青春 Youth of the Beast (1963)

南方车站的聚会 The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

Bacurau 2019

ハイティーンやくざ Teenage Yakuza (1962)

Rope a Dope 2013

Det sjunde inseglet The Seventh Seal (1957)

Dolemite Is My Name 2019

言の葉の庭 The Garden of Words (2013)

東京騎士隊 Tokyo Knights (1961)

The Blob 1958

破坏之王 Love on Delivery (1994)

散弾銃の男 The Man with a Shotgun (1961)

There Will Be Blood 2007

Иди и смотри Come and See (1985)

The last trip to theaters before city-wide shutdowns

密航0ライン Smashing the 0-Line (1960)

Candyman 1992

狂熱の季節 The Warped Ones (1960)

きみと、波にのれたら Ride Your Wave (2019)

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

Blade 1998

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

Passenger 57 1992

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

The Fan 1996

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

New Jack City 1991

Watched as part of a full day Wesley Snipes marathon

すべてが狂ってる Everything Goes Wrong (1960)

Snowpiercer 2013

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

Sonic the Hedgehog 2020

Cats 2019

我的镜头 Chinese Portrait (2018)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1967

8時間の恐怖 Eight Hours of Terror (1957)

Hairspray 2007

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century 1999

12 Angry Men 1957

暗黒街の美女 Underworld Beauty (1958)

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

天気の子 Weathering with You (2019)

하녀 The Housemaid (1960)

Death Race 2000 1975

Logan's Run 1976

踏みはずした春 The Boy Who Came Back (1958)

Blow Out 1981

天気の子 Weathering with You (2019)

1917 2019

Anatomy of a Murder 1959

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

赤い波止場 Red Pier (1958)

影なき声 Voice Without a Shadow (1958)