Review: Tokyo Knights (Japan 1961)

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This early Seijun Suzuki youth flick is basically an Elvis movie starring Koji Wada as the young heir to a construction combine mixed up in illegal shenanigans. It’s a super breezy, super jazzy (literally) play on Hamlet, and as soon as you see the delightfully oleaginous Nobuo Kaneko as the mysteriously deceased dad’s number two, you know there’s been funny business. And a bravura night time sequence with colors and costumes points forward to the more theatrical Suzuki to come.

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