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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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(as Kazunori Itoh),

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Cast

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
...
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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Release Date:

27 October 2001 (Japan)  »

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Pistol Opera  »

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Budget:

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

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 »

Quotes

Man dressed in black: Soon I'll relieve your anxiety with the relief of death.
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Connections

References Carmen Comes Home (1951) See more »

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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 .


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