Pistol Opera

Pistol Opera

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Director: Seijun Suzuki

Cast: Makiko Esumi, Sayoko Yamaguchi, Kan Hanae

     
 
A colorful and surreal reworking of his classic Branded to Kill, Seijun Suzuki's Pistol Opera arrives stateside on DVD in eye-catching psychedelic packaging courtesy of Tokyo Shock. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering a Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo audio track, optional English subtitles are rendered in easy-to-read, bold-outlined lettering that

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A colorful and surreal reworking of his classic Branded to Kill, Seijun Suzuki's Pistol Opera arrives stateside on DVD in eye-catching psychedelic packaging courtesy of Tokyo Shock. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering a Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo audio track, optional English subtitles are rendered in easy-to-read, bold-outlined lettering that goes easy on the eyes. With a vivid and colorful transfer that recalls Suzuki's classic Tokyo Drifter, the image is crisp, clear, and well-presented, and the Dolby Digital audio track is sharp and clear of any notable distortion. Menus are as eye-catching as the film itself and easy to navigate, and the inclusion of four trailers is sure to have fans seeking out more titles from Tokyo Shock.

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In the late 60's, Seijun Suzuki was fired by Nikkatsu Studios because his flamboyant stylistic experiments were rendering the B-movie Yakuza flicks he'd been hired to churn out unintelligible to audiences. In the 1990's, however, Suzuki was rediscovered by a new generation of enthusiasts, and his more audacious projects, like Tokyo Drifter and Branded To Kill, are now considered classics precisely because they transcend their humble beginnings as genre movies. Pistol Opera, made more than 30 years after Branded To Kill, finds the septuagenarian Suzuki freed from the constraints of budget and genre. It is the fullest flowering of his uniquely mind-boggling visual and narrative style. Its dreamlike narrative works on at least two levels of reality. The main story follows the gorgeous heroine Miyuki, who wears a black robe and high-heeled boots on the job, as she battles her fellow assassins in a series of ritualized and often hilarious duels. A second, much more dreamlike story line is made up of Miyuki's interactions with her boss, a mysterious veiled woman who hands out assassination assignments (and with whom she has a relationship that is both sexual and violent), and the elderly woman and adolescent girl who live in a traditional Japanese dwelling with them. Both story lines play out within hallucinatory visual compositions that are drenched in garish colors and conjure up abstract, otherworldly locales where the line between reality and dreams dissolves. Pistol Opera is a dazzling achievement by a completely original cinematic pioneer who is finally getting his due four decades after his career began.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
UPC:
0631595030488
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tokyo Shock
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Full color interior sleeve art; Selected filmography/biography; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Loaded [2:59]
2. Practice [9:08]
3. The Visitor [9:40]
4. Follower [6:45]
5. Dean Man Walking [9:07]
6. Nose Spray Man [8:36]
7. Live [8:10]
8. Store Front [7:47]
9. Gun Play [7:35]
10. The Gift [8:22]
11. The Hike [7:56]
12. Art [8:19]
13. Freak Showdown [7:47]
14. The End [5:15]

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Pistol Opera 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About a year ago, I was walking through BlockBuster and happened upon Samurai Fiction. I was (and still am) learning Japanese, so I thought "What the heck, I might as well rent it". So I did. It was ok...I didn't take it seriously though it was probabally intended to be serious film, though I did love the soundtrack. I saw some movie previews and saw Pistol Opera (Pisteru Opera)previewed and I watched and instantly said "I have GOT to watch this movie!", I think the main thing that atracted me besides the action in the preview was the movie theme. I thought it a very good song. The movie is also the sequal to Branded To Kill(which came out MANY years ago and I have yet to see). So, when I saw it at BlockBuster several months later, I grabbed it first thing. I watched it so many times until the due-date. I loved it! I brought it to a friends house as well and she loved it too. A warning though, this movie does contain nudity and lots of mature themes as well as violence. There are also no real dvd 'extras' in this dvd. I decided I HAD to buy it. The cover to the movie is different than previewed since I didn't buy it from this website. I loved the soundtrack to the movie so much I decided to buy it. I hope that this website (Barnes and Noble) gets the soundtrack so I can have an American copy as well as the original Japanese soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am learning Japanese so naturally Japanese cinema provides an excellent platform, however, the reviews given to this film completely threw me off. There is no cohesion and at best it seems like the product of a film student. Disappointing!