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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 ...
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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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27 October 2001 (Japan)  »

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Pistol Opera  »

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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

Miyuki Minazuki: Eney-meeney-miney-moe!
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Follows Branded to Kill (1967) See more »

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Beautiful but Incomprehensible
6 January 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I was eager to see "Pistol Opera" for a variety of reasons. I had recently seen "Branded to Kill" and the idea of a follow-up/sequel/remake by the same director intrigued me. Furthermore, I am a fan of the lead actress, Makiko Esumi, from her work on Japanese TV.

Sadly, this film goes nowhere...slowly. The plot seemed simple enough but within minutes I was lost. These "professional killers" spend nearly the entire film killing each other which begs the question who is employing these people and what purpose they serve. Lots of these scenes look wonderful and have some fun ideas, but nothing makes any sense. Characters deliver long, meandering soliloquies into the camera, flip-flopping from Japanese to English and back again. Neither language adds any clarity to the circumstances. The whole thing feels like some kind of experimental stage play, especially the final showdown where characters enter and exit bizarre scenery accompanied by strange, nearly naked dancers.

What the hell?


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