This particular tale of sorrow and sadness concerns professional model Reiko (Shiraki) groomed to the higher ranks of the golf circuit by the editor of a golfing fashion magazine in order to promote their latest range of sporting-wear. Her victory during her first professional competition (“The ball’s gonna fly, wherever I will it to go!”, she mutters to herself as she wipes the sweat from her furrowed brow) wins her not only the approval of her sideburned, shade-wearing mentor – with whom she immediately dives, newly won trophy in hand, straight beneath the shower after the match – but also with a whole new TV audience, where she makes regular appearances clad in a bikini and wielding a 9-iron. It seems that suddenly everyone wants a piece of Reiko, including neighbour-from-hell, Mrs Semba. Coming across like a deranged hybrid of Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me (1971) and Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), this sinister social satire of Stepford Wives-esque suburban aspiration set against the glamorous world of big budget sports promotion is impossible to pigeonhole as anything other than a Suzuki film (Jo Shishido even crops up in a cameo). —Surreal Moviez
Seijun Suzuki (鈴木 清順, Suzuki Seijun?), born Seitaro Suzuki (鈴木 清太郎 Suzuki Seitarō) on May 24, 1923, is a Japanese filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. His films are renowned by film enthusiasts worldwide for their jarring visual style, irreverent humour, nihilistic cool and entertainment-over-logic sensibility. He made 40 predominately B-movies for the Nikkatsu Company between 1956 and 1967, working most prolifically in the yakuza genre. His increasingly surreal style began to draw the ire of the studio in 1963 and culminated in his ultimate dismissal for what is now regarded his magnum opus, Branded to Kill (1967), starring notable collaborator Joe Shishido. Suzuki successfully sued the studio for wrongful dismissal but was blacklisted for 10 years. As an independent filmmaker he won critical acclaim and a Japanese Academy Award for his Taishō Trilogy, Zigeunerweisen (1980), Kagero-za (1981) and Yumeji (1991).
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Not a perfect film by any means, but it became more enjoyable the more I gave into its craziness. Finally starting to feel something like a sense of Suzuki's concerns, after being so lost in a style that's completely alien to anyone else who's made a film. He really deserves his place in cinema history.
A truly unique weirdo movie from our hero Suzuki! Mixing pop art surrealism, social satire, and general weirdness in a "golfing" movie creates the greatest sports movie from ANY land! At times, it bored me but completely made up for it with bat-shit crazy constructed scenes. Seek this one out. Download it, rob it from the nearest "Indie" video store, spend your entire seeking a 35 mm print. Its completely worth it!