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Posted by martinteller on June 23, 2008

It’s too bad that Seijun Suzuki’s artsier films of the 1980’s are nowhere near as entertaining or immersive as his genre meltdowns of the 50’s and 60’s.  Like Zigeunerweisen, this was too incomprehensible and random, but not in that fun, Branded to Kill way.  More like the boring, annoying way.  Nonsensical edits, unmotivated emotional reactions, abstracted dialogue, deliberately confusing chronology.  It’s the kind of thing people make fun of when they mock art films.  I was actually fighting to stay awake.  Suzuki does manage some intriguing visuals, especially during the climax.  But it’s not enough to save the film.  Rating: 4


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