Oshii managing to corral the influences of '60s Godard post-modernism and '80s Godard poetic ennui alongside elements of Seijun Suzuki and Jerry Lewis. For those that find his later films humourless, The Red Spectacles is bursting with laughs, both deadpan and slapstick, while also working as a fairly successful stylistic experiment/deconstruction analogous to what von Trier was attempting with Europa and Epidemic.
I maintain that Talking Head is Oshii's weirdest, most borderline impenetrable movie, but this.... this comes reaaaallllly close. It's not as head-spinningly dense as the former, but it's even more manic and prone to deliberately violent and abrupt tone shifts to the point where it becomes this weird new-wave-ish live-action-anime tonal soup. Which of course means that, if you're strange like me, it's fun as hell.
I always suspected that Oshii was not a good live-action director and my suspicions were proven correct with this film. This is not only his first live-action film, but is the first proper entry in the convoluted epic called The Kerberos Saga. This movie is trash because it is Oshii gone wrong. It is a confused art-house film, is badly put together, takes itself completely serious, and impossible to take seriously.