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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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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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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

Sayoko Uekyo: But not suicides. I want to die gloriously. The killer's runway to die atop the stage, like an actress at the peak of aesthetics.
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Great narrative. Notice I'm not saying great mainstream action flick.
16 October 2002 | by (japan) – See all my reviews

A series of pleasurable moments full of colors and cartoonish acting with awesome costumes and offbeat characters. Did you get the hint? The story's full of symbolism and artsyfartsy poop that won't sit well on a mainstream menu.

Not that Tetsuo the Iron-man and Pistol Opera director Seijun have the same class, but the titles Bullet Ballet and Pistol Opera just show that there must be a link between the minds of these two discontinuous narrators.

I like the lead actress, so I am biased, and I like kimonos so I am biased, and I like colorful movies, so I am biased, and I like symbolic films so I am biased, and I like discontinuous narratives, so I am biased, and I am Japanese, so I am biased: I liked the movie.


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