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Pistol Opera (2001)

Pisutoru opera (original title)
The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.

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Credited cast:
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Miyuki Minazuki
Sayoko Yamaguchi ...
Sayoko Uekyo
Hanae Kan ...
Sayoko Uekyo
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Man dressed in black
Mikijirô Hira ...
Goro Hanada
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Rin
Kenji Sawada ...
Man at Tokyo Station
Haruko Katô ...
Shizuka Orikuchi
Tomio Aoki
Yôji Tanaka ...
Koroshi-ya No. 7
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Killer no.9
Kensaku Watanabe ...
(as Sakutarô Inui)
Jan Woudstra ...
Painless Surgeon
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The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.

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Crime | Action | Drama

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27 October 2001 (Japan)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

After the Painless Surgeon stabs the old mad with a knife through his own hand, when he removes the knife from his hand, the hand does not resemble a real hand, it's clearly some type of badly made prop designed to look like a hand. See more »

Quotes

Sayoko Uekyo: The guild hasn't forgiven your selfishness.
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Follows Branded to Kill (1967) See more »

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Visual Feast in color and composition
25 April 2002 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is not for those who are looking for a typical narrative structure. It can be very chaotic in it's visual style and you may not completely understand what is going on at all times but if you just let this film wash over you with it's vision you will be rewarded.

The plot deals with the rankings in a guild of professional killers. (It is a sequel of sorts to Suzuki's earlier film, "Yaju no seishun" (1963) aka. "Youth of the Beast".) This plot is only an excuse for Suzuki's wild and gorgeous visual style. At times I found myself forgetting the story and just smiling at a certain shot's composition and color. It's a riot of color and a pop culture landmark, do yourself a favor and look for it.


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