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Pistol Opera (2001)

Pisutoru opera (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Action, Drama | 27 October 2001 (Japan)
The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.


Seijun Suzuki


Kazunori Itô (as Kazunori Itoh), Takeo Kimura
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Credited cast:
Makiko Esumi ... Miyuki Minazuki
Sayoko Yamaguchi Sayoko Yamaguchi ... Sayoko Uekyo
Hanae Kan Hanae Kan ... Sayoko Uekyo
Masatoshi Nagase ... Man dressed in black
Mikijirô Hira ... Goro Hanada
Kirin Kiki ... Rin
Kenji Sawada ... Man at Tokyo Station
Haruko Katô ... Shizuka Orikuchi
Tomio Aoki
Yoji Tanaka Yoji Tanaka ... Koroshi-ya No. 7
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Killer no.9
Kensaku Watanabe Kensaku Watanabe ... (as Sakutarô Inui)
Jan Woudstra Jan Woudstra ... Painless Surgeon


Did you know that there is a ranking of the best assassins of Japan? In the spirit of 1967's Branded To Kill, also by director Suzuki Seijun, comes Pistol Opera. The assassin ranked third is out to kill the first and move herself up the ladder of hierarchy. What follows is drama, action, a mysterious visitor, an impolite manhandling of a man in a wheelchair, Japanese costumes, several employment offers, a couch and even a pre-teen girl. Written by aghaemi

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Crime | Action | Drama


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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 »


Goro Hanada: With all your wisdom... With all your technique, killing blooms into an artwork.
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Follows Branded to Kill (1967) See more »

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...this is a journey
4 October 2005 | by nedwaltonSee all my reviews

I first saw the preview for Pistol Opera on several Japanese DVDs I had the pleasure of viewing. It was the vivid imagery that captured my attention not to mention a very attractive leading lady. Now what followed was an amazing journey through the world of Stray Cat, a hired gun with a love for her pistol, engaged (reluctantly at first)in a competition to be #1 among the top gunslingers. Simple enough, right? WRONG!!!! What follows is a film that keeps your fingers on the rewind button, your mouth wide open and your eyes ready to bug out of your skull. A simple skeleton of a plot is covered with layers of sexuality (subtle, and in your face), violence, and just a whole bunch of WTF (WT is for "What The" you can figure the rest out) moments. I enjoyed it in the same way that we all have our guilty pleasures, but I will admit that some of the scenes and displays may go beyond past limits you may have set for yourself. Viewer Discretion is ADVISED!!

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Release Date:

27 October 2001 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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