Tattooed Life

This 1965 period yakuza thriller by Seijun Suzuki (Pistol Opera) is something of a disappointment. Aside from a few striking visual fancies (including the eccentric ‘Scope framings behind the credits and a few flashy uses of color later), this is a routine exercise about a gangster and his artistic kid brother seeking refuge in a rural mining outpost during the early 20th century. In Japanese with subtitles. 87 min. (JR)

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