Blacklisted by the Japanese studio system for a decade, director Seijun Suzuki returned to theatrical filmmaking in 1977 with this lurid, highly entertaining melodrama. . . . Suzuki employs his trademark disorienting montage, with jarring close-ups and unexpected transitions between scenes, and for once the stylization inspires sympathy with the protagonist rather than emotional detachment. The colors are decadent and loud, giving this the air of a Technicolor musical.
February 22, 2018