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Director Seijun Suzuki Dies

by tsubasalover
Feb 22, 2017 2:20 AM | 10 Comments
Nikkatsu reported today that Seijun Suzuki died on Monday, February 13 at the age of 93. The cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The funeral has since been held by his family.

Born in 1923 as Seitarou Suzuki, Seijun Suzuki debuted as a director for the movie Minato no Kanpai, Shouri wo Wagate ni (Victory Is Mine) in 1956. While predominantly known as an actor and live-action filmmaker—especially for yakuza B-movies—Suzuki also directed the TV anime Lupin III: Part II and anime movie Lupin III: Babylon no Ougon Densetsu. Zigeunerweisen, which Suzuki directed in 1980, received an Honorable Mention at the 31st Berlin International Film Festival.

Seijun Suzuki's movies are known for having an avant-garde world view and unique color sense, referred to as "Suzuki Aesthetics." His individual style has attracted fans from around the world, and influenced both local and international acclaimed filmmakers. Damien Chazelle, director of the 2016 award-winning film La La Land, recently stated in a press conference in Japan that the film was influenced by Suzuki's Tokyo Nagaremono (Tokyo Drifter).

Source: NHK, Daily Sports Online

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have been interested in his works for some time, RIP.

Feb 27, 2017 12:51 AM by JetNoir

this guy is uo thee twith kurosawa at the top of the 2nd genratio og great Japanes directors mind yu there i s oly two in the on of them being Ozu and Mizoguchi

Feb 22, 2017 11:16 AM by DateYutaka

Rest in peace we will miss you.

Feb 22, 2017 10:53 AM by Marzipixel

Never fun to hear news like this :(

Feb 22, 2017 7:46 AM by Chibi-Alice

Sazanami-Kai said:
R.I.P. very old man who survives WWII.

LOL

But yes, he was very old, it was only natural, still he really had a very long career, I m sure he was happy and died filling self-fulfilled, RIP.
Thank you for the contributs you gave to the industry, I m sure whenever I see Lupin III Legend of Golden Babylon I will remenber and honor him properly.

Feb 22, 2017 7:06 AM by Playcool

Rest in Peace....

Feb 22, 2017 4:14 AM by Ioryogi-kun

May his soul rest in peace.

Feb 22, 2017 3:28 AM by Haneken2086

Ahh man I'm gutted.
A heavily influential figure in cinema, he made the masterpiece that is Branded to Kill! & he's responsible for a ton of Yakuza B-Movies.

Feb 22, 2017 3:22 AM by PeachyH

R.I.P. very old man who survives WWII.

Feb 22, 2017 2:56 AM by Gridley

He lived quite a long life, RIP man.

Feb 22, 2017 2:27 AM by joe_g7

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