What a strange and challenging film, even by the standards of the 1960s Japanese New Wave. By turns austere and frenetic, its elliptical structure makes for a compelling film about politics and violence. The acting and cinematography are both superb and the directing is inventive. Kurosawa's 'Throne of Blood' seems histrionic and unengaging by comparison. A stark and powerful score by Tori Takemitsu also impresses.
If I wasn't so god damn tired I'm sure I would have enjoyed this much more than I did, as it had such incredible potential through my hazy perception. The French New Wave influence, the attention to detail and striking black and white imagery, this has all the puzzle pieces of something I would salivate over, if I wasn't salivating out of tiredness.