Up 27,973 this week

Pistol Opera (2001)
"Pisutoru opera" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 979 users   Metascore: 75/100
Reviews: 21 user | 30 critic | 8 from

The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 100 titles
created 06 Mar 2011
a list of 589 titles
created 12 May 2011
a list of 1080 titles
created 27 Nov 2011
a list of 96 titles
created 7 months ago
a list of 500 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Pisutoru opera" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Pistol Opera (2001)

Pistol Opera (2001) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pistol Opera.
1 win. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Makiko Esumi ...
Miyuki Minazuki
Sayoko Yamaguchi ...
Sayoko Uekyo
Hanae Kan ...
Sayoko Uekyo
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Man dressed in black
Mikijirô Hira ...
Goro Hanada
Kirin Kiki ...
Kenji Sawada ...
Man at Tokyo Station
Haruko Kato ...
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


The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Crime | Action | Drama


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

27 October 2001 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Pisutoru opera  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


As Uekyo speaks into the camera with a Union Jack draped over her, the boom mic drops into the picture for a second or two, then moves up and out of sight. See more »


Sayoko Uekyo: The guild hasn't forgiven your selfishness.
See more »


Follows Branded to Kill (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Old man's tricks
22 January 2006 | by (guangzhou,China) – See all my reviews

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 .

3 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
wtf dvelizflores07
Theme Music? cholericus
Remindes me of Lynch Sataiwithpunsch
Okay... did anyone else get this out of the movie? fiftyfivewolves
Pistol Opera is on Hulu robelanator
Stray Cat is 2D HungLouMeng
Discuss Pistol Opera (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: