I have absolutely no problem with the idea of “style over substance,” as long as it’s done right. Anyone who instantly throws that term out there as nothing but a negative is just the sort of no-fun movie snob that I don’t want anything to do with. There are certain directors who I’m sure would agree with me, who in fact spent most of their careers more interested in the “style” of their movies than the mechanics of the storytelling. One such filmmaker is Seijun Suzuki, who during the late ’50s and most of the ’60s made a number of Yakuza movies that championed flashy visuals and bad-ass attitude over logical plots.

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