Neither rules nor plots can be followed in Seijun SUZUKI's cult Pistol Opera. Each scene was imbued with the director's ornate and stunning visual styles. We can meet with whimsical professional killers speaking awkward dialogs or baffling monologues, and cartoonized gunfights represented through voluptuous choreography or Japanese theatricality. This visually coherent work has proved to us his cynicism as well as versatility in successfully combining both various aesthetic elements and anarchical themes that were prevalent in his masterpieces Branded to kill or Fighting elegy during the 1960s. It will be a bit difficult to enjoy such lushful art collection, but also a great challenge to observe how this interesting old man are toying with our mind with his audacious and maddening experimentation .
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