Biography

Seijun Suzuki born Seitaro Suzuki (24 May 1923 – 13 February 2017) was a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are renowned by film enthusiasts worldwide for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded his magnum opus, Branded to Kill (1967), starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal, but he was blacklisted for 10 years after that. As an independent filmmaker, he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991).

His films remained widely unknown outside of Japan until a series of theatrical retrospectives beginning in the mid 1980s, home video releases of key films such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter in the late 1990s and tributes by such acclaimed filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Takeshi Kitano, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino signaled his international discovery. Suzuki has continued making films, albeit sporadically. In Japan, he is more commonly recognized as an actor for his numerous roles in Japanese films and television.

He passed away on February 13th, 2017

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Seijun Suzuki born Seitaro Suzuki (24 May 1923 – 13 February 2017) was a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are renowned by film enthusiasts worldwide for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded his magnum opus, Branded to Kill (1967), starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal, but he was blacklisted for 10 years after that. As an independent filmmaker, he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991).

His films remained widely unknown outside of Japan until a series of theatrical retrospectives beginning in the mid 1980s, home video releases of key films such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter in the late 1990s and tributes by such acclaimed filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Takeshi Kitano, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino signaled his international discovery. Suzuki has continued making films, albeit sporadically. In Japan, he is more commonly recognized as an actor for his numerous roles in Japanese films and television.

He passed away on February 13th, 2017

Description above from the Wikipedia article Seijun Suzuki, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 69

Birthday 1923-05-24

Day of Death 2017-02-13

Place of Birth Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • (鈴木 清順
  • Seitaro Suzuki

Directing TV ShowsMovies

Chin Shun-Shin's "The Claws of the Divine Beast" Director
2005 Princess Raccoon Director
2001 Pistol Opera Director
1993 Kekkon Director
1992 A Tale of Youth at Hirosaki High School Director
1991 Yumeji Director
1985 Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon Director
1985 Capone Cries a Lot Director
1983 The Choice of a Family - I'll Kill Your Husband for You Director
1983 Cherry Blossoms in Spring Director
1981 Kagero-za Director
1980 Zigeunerweisen Director
1977 A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness Director
1967 Branded to Kill Director
1966 Fighting Elegy Director
1966 Tokyo Drifter Director
1966 Carmen from Kawachi Director
1965 Tattooed Life Director
1965 Born Under Crossed Stars Director
1965 Story of a Prostitute Director
1964 Our Blood Will Not Forgive Director
1964 Gate of Flesh Director
1964 The Flower and the Angry Waves Director
1963 Kanto Wanderer Director
1963 The Incorrigible Director
1963 Youth of the Beast Director
1963 Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards! Director
1962 The Guys Who Put Money on Me Director
1962 Teenage Yakuza Director
1961 Million Dollar Smash-and-Grab Director
1961 Blood-Red Water in the Channel Director
1961 The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass Director
1961 The Man with a Shotgun Director
1961 Living by Karate Director
1961 Tokyo Knights Director
1960 Fighting Delinquents Director
1960 The Madness of Youth Director
1960 Smashing the 0-Line Director
1960 The Sleeping Beast Within Director
1960 Take Aim at the Police Van Director
1959 Age of Nudity Director
1959 Passport to Darkness Director
1959 Love Letter Director
1958 Voice Without a Shadow Director
1958 Young Breasts Director
1958 The Boy Who Came Back Director
1958 Underworld Beauty Director
1957 The Naked Woman and the Gun Director
1957 Eight Hours of Terror Director
1957 Inn of the Floating Weeds Director
1956 Satan's Town Director
1956 Pure Emotions of the Sea Director
1956 Victory is Ours Director
1954 Black Tide Assistant Director

Acting

2011 Milocrorze: A Love Story as Gazen
2008 Yume no mani mani
2003 Blessing Bell as Old Man’s Ghost
2002 Seijun Suzuki: kabuki & yakuzas as Himself - Director / Screenwriter
1999 Embalming
1998 Sleepless Town
1998 The Story of Pupu as the old man
1996 Sure Death! Mondo Dies
1995 Cold Fever as Hirata's Grandfather
1990 The Masked Belle Poitrine (51 episodes) as Kami-sama
1989 Virgin Road
1988 Shiro and Marilyn as Vet
1975 I Can't Wait Until It's Dark! as Himself
1963 Youth of the Beast as Detective Hirokawa

Writing

1992 A Tale of Youth at Hirosaki High School Writer
1980 Daughter of Time Idea
1971 Lupin the Third (50 episodes)Writer
1959 Age of Nudity Writer

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