Japanese director and mordant experimentalist Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill, Tokyo Drifter) once contended that there is no cinematic grammar, and he has spent an entire, highly prolific career proving his point. In this brief interview from 1997, conducted in Los Angeles during a retrospective, the director comments on his rise to one of the key figures of the Japanese New Wave.

This interview can be found on Criterion’s release of Branded to Kill