Awards & Winners

Seijun Suzuki

Date of Birth 24-May-1923
Place of Birth Nihonbashi
(Tokyo, Japan)
Nationality Japan
Also know as Seitaro Suzuki, Suzuki Seitarō, Suzuki Seijun, 鈴木 清太郎, 鈴木 清順, Seitaro Suzuki, Suzuki Seijun, Suzuki Seitarō, 鈴木 清太郎
Profession Film director, Writer, Television Director, Actor
Seijun Suzuki, born Seitaro Suzuki on 24 May 1923, is a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are known for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded his magnum opus, Branded to Kill, starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal, but he was blacklisted for 10 years after that. As an independent filmmaker, he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen, Kagero-za and Yumeji. His films remained widely unknown outside of Japan until a series of theatrical retrospectives beginning in the mid-1980s, home video releases of key films such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter in the late 1990s and tributes by such acclaimed filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Takeshi Kitano, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino signaled his international discovery. Suzuki has continued making films, albeit sporadically. In Japan, he is more commonly recognized as an actor for his numerous roles in Japanese films and television.

Awards by Seijun Suzuki

Check all the awards nominated and won by Seijun Suzuki.


Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year
Honored for : Zigeunerweisen
Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year
Honored for : Zigeunerweisen

Nominations 1981 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year Zigeunerweisen
Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year Zigeunerweisen