Japanese Film Festival Singapore | September 1 to 18 2016 | National Museum
 
 
DOWN WITH THE WICKED 
Screening

(c)1963 Nikkatsu

12 Sep Mon - 2:00pm
free admission

SUZUKI SEIJUN | 1963 | 89 min | English subtitles | PGATSU CENTENNIAL

Assigned a standard Yakuza film in the hardboiled vein pioneered at Japan's famed Nikkatsu Studios, director Seijun Suzuki used Down with Wicked to flip the Japanese gangster film genre on its ear. A rapid fire gun heist, credits with an infectious jazz pop score, and a wide-screen close-up of a burning car announce the film that would both lampoon and redefine Asian crime films for an irreverent new decade of garish panache and ultra-violent cool. The story follows police detective Tajima (Shishido), who, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a bloodbath. Anarchic, breakneck paced, darkly comic, and stylish to the extreme, this movie unlike anything audiences had ever seen. It would cement Suzuki's fervent popularity at home and heralded his imminent cult status worldwide.

 

 

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