Tattooed Life

Tattooed Life

1965
Crime
Action
1h 27m
The story follows the flight of yakuza hitman Tetsu and his younger, artistic brother Kenji after the latter kills a yakuza boss in a double cross. The pair is pursued by the yakuza and police as they head for Manchuria. They are swindled of their money before they can reach their destination and take labor jobs on a tunnel project, each falling in love with the their new boss's wife and daughter, respectively. (Wikipedia)
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Tattooed Life

1965
Crime
Action
1h 27m
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Rated 22 Aug 2009
77
65th
The first two-thirds are standard Nikkatsu-yakuza fare (which is not a bad thing, and some light flair is exercised in some sequences). The last third is the kind of brilliant filmmaking I go out of my way to find.
Rated 19 Mar 2010
3
61st
Relatively prosaic first and second act, but Suzuki goes aesthetically apeshit for the far-superior finale. The shift in both visual and atmospheric tone is so dramatic, it's actually a little disconcerting. If you have the patience, worth seeing.
Rated 27 Jul 2007
3
62nd
Last twenty minutes are what cinema was made for.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
61st
Suzuki is better when he doesn't hold back even a little bit, but this might be a technically better movie than for example Tokyo Drifter.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
50th
Pretty good. Not wall-to-wall insane like Branded to Kill, but quite audacious at times. Worth watching once, would possibly return to it again someday.
Rated 03 Jun 2009
4
56th
It takes some patience to get to the good stuff.
Rated 09 May 2009
82
31st
Mostly mediocre until the end, though there are some cool tricks sprinkled throughout, like the fast ultra close-ups on the faces and shoes.
Rated 07 Dec 2010
20
9th
Not my kind of thing..
Rated 05 Oct 2018
84
69th
Really only the finale that is pure Seijun Suzuki but what an ending!
Rated 14 Nov 2020
81
68th
A Vida de um Tatuado estreava há 55 anos no Japão. Esse aqui demora para o Suzuki dizer a que veio, as coisas só ficam mesmo deslumbrantes perto do final, mas só corrobora que o cineasta é um dos grandes estetas do cinema japonês. Box Versátil A Arte de Seijun Suzuki.
Rated 06 Jul 2023
65
63rd
A highly melodramatic yakuza film about a troubled ex-yakuza and his obnoxious younger brother. The final 15 minutes of the film was pure Suzuki and when done sparingly can really heighten a film.

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