Pistol Opera

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  1. YoonC.
    Aug 24, 2003
    7
    Suzuki made exciting rambunctious movies in an exciting rambunctious time in the 60s, when Japan was still climbing out of the chaos of the post-war years. His movies reflected the tensions of a new Japan coming into birth, coming to terms with the fading of the old into history. Suzuki's latest film is trapped in the new and sterile Japan of the present. Like Japan itself, it's Suzuki made exciting rambunctious movies in an exciting rambunctious time in the 60s, when Japan was still climbing out of the chaos of the post-war years. His movies reflected the tensions of a new Japan coming into birth, coming to terms with the fading of the old into history. Suzuki's latest film is trapped in the new and sterile Japan of the present. Like Japan itself, it's all artifice, directionless, just a world of mirrors reflecting itself endlessly to the point of staleness. Still, it's stylistically bold and sure to be worthy of scrutiny from a art designer's perspective. Also, it's nothing like conventional narrative but more like a reverse adaptation of static/plastic arts into time-driven narrative. In other words, if paintings, still photography, sculpture, etc attempt to render the flow of life into a potently charged single moment, this movie takes the charged iconography of gangster ideal and thaws them into something just resembling motion, but not entirely, resulting in a movie that hovers between symbolic iconography and narrative possibilities; in other words, it's the daydream of a gangster movie in the mind of still fertile imagination. Expand
  2. DavidP.
    Aug 16, 2003
    8
    a movie that feels like it's impenetrable unless you saw all the japanese gangland movies before it, but, the butoh sequence at the end says maybe these are a few things that it was too early to say in the 60s.

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Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. 88
    There's style and panache to spare. Mournful jazz adds to the mood.
  2. 60
    If Pistol Opera turns out to be Suzuki's swan song, instead of just an anticlimactic comeback, no one can claim he didn't go out on his own stubborn terms.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Too abstract and self-referential for the average action fan's comprehension. But buffs will be delighted by a package that finds the near-80-year-old helmer giddily tipping hat to the genre conventions, themes and over-the-top aesthetics that long since lent him mad-visionary status.