Directors in Focus: Seijun Suzuki
The Sleeping Beast Within
dir. Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1960, 35mm, 86 min. b/w, Japanese w/ English subtitles
A businessman vanishes upon his return from an overseas trip, and his daughter hires a reporter to help find him. When the father reappears, the reporter becomes suspicious and starts digging deeper, uncovering a secret world of heroin smuggling and murder—all tied up with a mysterious Sun God cult. This proto-Breaking Bad moves to an energetic pulp fiction beat all the way to its spectacular conflagration of an ending.
Tom Vick will be signing copies of his new book Time and Place Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki following the screening.
Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation.