Thursday, June 2

Repertory Series ArchiveTime and Place Are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki

Pistol Opera

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Note: Also shows at Harvard Film Archive on Saturday, May 21 at 7 PM

(2001) dir Seijun Suzuki w/Makiko Esumi [112 min; 35mm]
When producer Satoru Ogura suggested Suzuki make a sequel to his most notorious film, BRANDED TO KILL, the result was this eye-popping action extravaganza, which is less a sequel than a compact retrospective of Suzuki’s style and themes, updated with CGI effects and infused with the metaphysical concerns of the Taisho Trilogy. Makiko Esumi plays Stray Cat, the number three killer in her assassins’ guild. She battles her way to the top against characters such as Painless Surgeon, a cowboy who can feel no pain, and the mysterious number one killer Hundred Eyes. Along the way, Stray Cat detours into the land of the dead, where her victims lurk, and into the “Atrocity Exhibition,” where she battles foes amid grotesque paintings from throughout art history. PISTOL OPERA proves that, even in his seventies, Suzuki’s creativity was still firing on all cylinders.


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Thursday 6/2
at 9:30 PM

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