Suzuki is one of the cinema's great formalists. Here he turns in a psychedelic Rorschach test that could have been described as "late Godard remaking '60s Godard" (to establish a shorthand), if it weren't for the film being an example of pure Suzuki! However, like late Godard, this is a work of modern art, where light, colour, sound, editing, design & composition are as important as its baffling & labyrinthine plot.
Such a classy film. Really different from Suzuki's films of the 60s, but really, really good none-the-less. The last ten minutes is pure distilled, abstract beauty. I can't get over the colors! The downside is that it isn't as thrilling or entertaining as Suzuki's earlier stuff, it's more arty, but something is missing, but at the same time I don't care because it's brilliant!
Another good example of excess of significants and its transformation into an artistic pretentious form: abstraction, artifice, manga influences, etc.,all in a strict pose of wanna-do-art, by all means necessary. From one of the great Japanese filmmakers of the 60's new wave, only, and only, an allegedly strangeness.