Permanente et souveraine confrontation entre Eros et Thanatos, unis dans l'apothéose ensanglanté d'un signifiant shinju (terme nippon évoquant le double suicide des amants), cette oeuvre inclassable d'un Nagisa Oshima irascible et radical, déconstruit avec hargne, constance et bonheur le glorieux mythe japonais des yakusas. www.cinefiches.com
Another example of pure art, in cinema. The feel of this film is amazing. It feels empty and alone. It seems that no one besides the main 15 or so characters you meet live in that city. It's empty and Oshima utilizes silence a lot, other than the characters talking.
The most Godardian thing I've seen from Oshima so far. There isn't much case in discussing the plot since the preconceived notions of the subject matter become evident rather early in the movie, but the film is as much about its one-sentence idea as to how interesting he can make it without degressing into self-consciousness, something he largely avoids thanks an engaging storytelling.