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Pisutoru opera (2001)

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.

Director:

Seijun Suzuki

Writers:

Kazunori Itô (as Kazunori Itoh), Takeo Kimura

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Cast

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 Kenji Sawada ... Man at Tokyo Station
Haruko Katô Haruko Katô ... Shizuka Orikuchi
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Koroshi-ya No. 7
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Killer no.9
Kensaku Watanabe Kensaku Watanabe ... (as Sakutarô Inui)
Jan Woudstra Jan Woudstra ... Painless Surgeon
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 October 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Pistol Opera See more »

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Budget:

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

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

After the Painless Surgeon stabs the old mad with a knife through his own hand, when he removes the knife from his hand, the hand does not resemble a real hand, it's clearly some type of badly made prop designed to look like a hand. See more »

Quotes

Sayoko Uekyo: The guild hasn't forgiven your selfishness.
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I joined in his enjoying filmmaking.
27 April 2002 | by nkw88See all my reviews

Since I saw Suzuki Seijun's 'Branded to Kill', I have been enchanted by his weird and absurdistic filmmaking style. His 'Pistol Opera' does not betray my expectation and I really enjoyed his gorgeous visual style and absurdism.

I feel like seeing a painter do an abstract painting. He ignores the typical storytelling and performance, and searches the dark and irrational aspect of human desire and emotion.

In this film, 'the stray cat', NO.3 in the professional killer guild was asked to kill No.1 'hundred eye'. If she succeeds, she will be No.1, but if fails, she will be killed by No.1. So her assassination of No.1 is driven both by her will to rise in social hierarchy and by her drive to survive. It is the same as 'Branded to Kill'.

He must enjoy filmmaking. Some one tries to complete his artistic goal, others to earn money. Sujuki Seijun shows me the third, and the most important, level of filmmaking.

Just enjoy filmmaking itself! He reminds me the mentality Carpe Diem - filmmaking as a play, or ludenic element of filmmaking.


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