Pistol Opera
Pistol Opera (2001)

Japanese cult director Seijun Suzuki's combination sequel to and remake of his 1967 gangster film classic Branded To Kill stars Makiko Esumi as Miyuki Minazuki, AKA "the Stray Cat," a beautiful female assassin. She is number… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I couldn't give a fully coherent synopsis of Pistol Opera if my life depended on it, but it's still the most fun new movie I've seen since Mulholland Drive and Waking Life (both also 2001).

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

Insanely likable but suffers from anemia.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The screen is artfully covered like the abstract paintings by Jackson Pollock and Man Ray.

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

Eighty-year-old Japanese director Suzuki Seijun has always been a gifted master stylist, and Pistol Opera shows that his unique vision has not dulled with age.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

There's style and panache to spare.

Marc Mohan

While it's certainly enjoyable to see this old master up to his tricks again, and the film stands perfectly well on its own, the cinematic high jinks of the 80-year-old director don't quite live up to the reputation he created for himself 36 years ago.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Nothing in Pistol Opera ever seems remotely possible, but it's still gorgeous art -- like a dream David Lynch had after watching too many John Woo movies.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Suzuki has made the ultimate meta-movie, a self-parodying, surrealist gangster daydream as intoxicating and insubstantial as an absinthe swoon.

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Though extraordinarily simplistic at its core, Suzuki's directorial style is so chock-full of vigor and passion for his craft that it spills into Pistol Opera, allowing the flick to carve out its own niche.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
El Hombre Invisible
In what seems to be intended as a fun, avant-garde romp, "Pistol Opera" is made up of sometimes nonsensical but lighthearted scenes featuring… More
Anthony Valletta
Might be better with hallucinogens.
JY Skacto
WOW! Holy f****** cow! Alright, after seeing the trailer and hearing the title I knew I was expecting something out of the ordinary. Let me tell you, it… More
Marcus Woolcott
Far too arthouse for it's own good...

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