Surely one of the very weirdest Japanese films of the 1950s (before weird and Japanese film became synonymous), as well as one of the most eager to lampoon all that the nation held dear, and all shot in the tilted, so-called Dutch Angle shots that make up much of THE THIRD MAN. Not always great, but constantly surprising. Takamine Hideko really seems to relish playing a brainless stripper, takes the ball and runs.
A deliriously screwy satire that isn't afraid to stick it to post-war Japan. Perhaps a decade ahead of its time, Kinoshita beats them hip new-wavers to the post. Inventive camerawork, insightful and cutting social commentary and a petulant Hideko Takamine in a mascot costume. Special mention to Eiko Miyoshi who steals the show as the hilarious nationalist politician. This was made in 1952? Superb stuff.