Seijun Suzuki’s 1963 Japanese gangster film—one of the pictures that led to his firing at Nikkatsu studio and reportedly triggered student demonstrations and film-world protests—follows a crook through the underworld as he gradually discovers how a cop and a woman wound up dead in each other’s arms in a house for derelicts. Known for his stylish handling of violence, Suzuki is a director who has had little exposure outside of Japan. This screening will be accompanied by a discussion about the relation of this film to Japanese cinema in the 60s.