Monday, February 5, 2007

no. 3 "stray cat"

Really short review:

Pistol Opera (Seijun Suzuki, 2001) - 8/10

A visual masterpiece from director Seijun Suzuki. A remake/sequel to his 1967 film, Branded to Kill. This film is filled with awesome visual imagery. Vivid colours, costumes, set designs. As the title suggests, the film plays out mostly like a stage play (Japanese opera).
The story plays out more intricately than a straight narrative -- an assassin named "Stray Cat" (Makiko Esumi) tries to climb the ranks as No. 1 assassin (she begins at No. 3) -- with a ton of visual connotations. Visual connotations which confused me at times.
Putting my confusions aside, Suzuki's visual style and imagination amazes me. His latest film, Princess Raccoon is one I'll have to check out.

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