This year’s BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) award for Asian Filmmaker of the Year went to the recently deceased Japanese film director Suzuki Seijun. The award was presented at the opening of the festival on October 12th.
Seijun Suzuki is mostly known for his B-rated yakuza films released predominantly in the 1960s through 1980s. His work has also inspired acclaimed directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Takeshi Kitano and Wong Kar-Wai.
Some of his best known movies include ‘Tokyo Drifter’ (1966), ‘Branded to Kill’ (1967) and ‘Zigeunerweisen’ (1980).
If you haven’t already, be sure to watch these classics of the yakuza film genre.