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

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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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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 ...
Rin
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
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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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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

Miyuki Minazuki: I think it's okay to live my life as a pistol.
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Follows Branded to Kill (1967) See more »

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Pure cinema, nothing more, nothing less.
24 January 2004 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

Suzuki Seijun is a master of craft, and one of the greatest visual stylists ever. This film is a loose reworking of Branded to Kill, the jakuza clasic that marked the end of his career at Nikkatsu studios, whom Suzuki was a contract director. That film took many risks in narrative and presentation, and it was post modern before post modern became chic.

Before you complain about why you don't understand this film, just look at it less in terms of narrative and more in terms of the abstract. It's a spectacle of sight and sound, and one of the most beautifully shot movies in recent times. The photography alone is reason enough to see it.

This is a film that does not bother to explain it's convoluted story because it's very design DOES NOT warrant that path. It's cinematic style brings to mind elements of Kabuki and opera theater. The performances are mannered and exagerated, something that is understandibly strange if you are not japanese.

All in all, it's a film devoid of anything rational and a spectacle of sight and sound. A 10.


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