Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)—Japanese movie director Suzuki Seijun died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Tokyo hospital on February 13, it was learned Wednesday. He was 93.
He made his debut as a film director under his real first name Seitarō at Japanese studio Nikkatsu in 1956.
After starting to use the name Seijun in 1958, Suzuki produced many action movie hits, including Tokyo Nagaremono (Tokyo Drifter) and Kenka Erejii (Fighting Elegy). He is known for his unique color sense and production techniques.
In 1967, Suzuki filmed Koroshi no Rakuin (Branded to Kill), which later gained cult popularity. Nikkatsu quickly withdrew the movie, describing it as incomprehensible, and terminated the studio’s exclusive contract with Suzuki.
Suzuki was unable to shoot any movies for 10 years due to court battles over the incident. He made a comeback with Hishū Monogatari (A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness) in 1977. His 1980 work Zigeunerweisen won a special award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Suzuki’s films have influenced international directors like Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino.
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