JFF Classics 2017 presents Vision and subversion: Films by Seijun Suzuki.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is excited to announce this year’s JFF Classics program, Vision and subversion: Films by Seijun Suzuki.
Seijun Suzuki (1923-2017) was known for his avant-garde genre films, producing mostly gangster flicks in the 60s, and stylised pop art visuals. His radical treatment of otherwise generic stories also cemented his reputation as a visionary amongst young cinephiles in the 1960s.
Although employed by major studio Nikkatsu, Suzuki’s position as a B-movie director meant that he lacked resources to produce quality films and worked under restrictions imposed by the studio. These constraints led to the development of his increasingly inventive style and earned him a cult following. Many contemporary directors list him as an inspiration, including Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch.
The full lineup of JFF Classics will be shown in Sydney, with smaller programs featured in Melbourne and Canberra.