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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.

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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Genres:

Crime | Action | Drama

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: The guild hasn't forgiven your selfishness.
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Connections

Follows Branded to Kill (1967) See more »

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Great narrative. Notice I'm not saying great mainstream action flick.
16 October 2002 | by whatdoes1knowSee 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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