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      Zigeunerweisen

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      Reviews 83% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In a seaside village of Japan during the 1920s, married professor Aochi (Fujita Toshiya) meets up with old friend Nakasono (Yoshio Harada), who's now a drifter accused of murder. Aochi manages to fight off the suspicion surrounding his buddy, but complications arise when they meet bereaved geisha Koine (Naoko Otani). Nakasono is immediately smitten. Aochi is attracted, but wants to stay faithful to his wife. Yet, over time, the mind games between all three escalate in a violently sexual way. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      John Behling Slant Magazine Suzuki retires the cumbersome plots and predictable settings of his genre films, and lends his bizarre, outrageous, and completely visual language to a bona fide art film. Rated: 3/4 Mar 7, 2006 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills The year’s comeback hit... Jan 17, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      nick s From my point of view, the best way to get a glimpse in the Taisho Trilogy is watching the last part of it Yumeji. The last film encapsulates all the achievements of the trilogy. Comparing with Yumeji, Zigeunerweisen is almost impossible to comprehend. The film employs riddles in abundance, and the hints given can unlikely help to solve quite a few of them. In a surrealistic way, Suzuki's tale shows the relations between two former co-workers Nakasago (portrayed by Yoshio Harada) and Aochi (Toshiya Fujita) who developed affairs with the wives of each other (at some point, Nakasago even suggests to exchange the wives). The story is ambiguous and not very coherent as Suzuki doesn't bother himself to show the things in any sort of logical way or order. In fact, the film is set in several dimensions, and it never becomes clear whether Nakasago has died or not, and whether Koine and Sono (both played by gorgeous Naoko Otani) are the same women or two different. We don't really get a clear idea of why Nakasago killed a woman and if he actually killed her or not. The behaviour of a spooky girl also remains mysterious and unclear. Is she sort of ghost or she has bridged some spiritual connection with the world of death? We never learn it for sure. Moreover, we don't even know where is the reality or dream or fantasy. Suzuki does his best to confuse the viewers with his surrealistic images and bizarre storytelling. What we know for sure, is that Zigeunerweisen is the title of a vinyl record that Nakasago and Aochi used to listen. It has some gypsy tunes on it. Somehow, the record is used as the spiritual connection between Nakasago who dies and the outer world. Also, there are some references making to think Suzuki paints some ties with the political situation in Japan in the 1930s. The blind kids might symbolize of Japanese right forces getting insane prior to invading Manchuria (though, it is too obvious for Suzuki to be entirely sure that was an original intention). There is also a connection between the fact that Aochi is a German language professor, the relations of Japan and Germany and the title of record taken from German - Zigeunerweisen. And once again, this is just a guess as it never becomes clear what the author implied. Suzuki uses Aochi as a sort of symbol of his audience: a confused man is trying to follow the story and understands very little from his friend's behaviour. The ending is bizarre just like the whole movie, and we are left with no answers, as well as Aochi. However, giving the answers is not something the film has been made for. This is entirely visual work, and it is drastically important to pay attention to the shot, mise-en-scène, camera work and usage of light. Zigeunerweisen is a visually appealing film, and many shots are just like gorgeous paintings we enjoy. The matter of greatest importance for Suzuki was to fully realize and utilize his potential in elaborating the exquisite ways of artistic impressions. Making Zigeunerweisen, he made up his mind for creating a fresh visual language. He comes up with the material which is confusing, but it goes without a doubt Zigeunerweisen can be hardly compared to anything else. Watching Zigeunerweisen, at some point you realize there is probably no way to twig what is real and what is just irony, mockery, dream or fantasy. Nevertheless, the visual style is so solid and brilliant that it starts seeming the only way to accompany the frantic twists of the plot which remain spooky and incognizable just like the vinyl record or tunnel we see several times in Zigeunerweisen. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Tough to get through, mostly dull as dirt. Suzuki's films are often somewhat nonsensical, but they usually don't seem quite so aimless. And they're never so devoid of fun. Only occasionally did the movie engage my attention, and most of that was at the end. The rare bits of humor (mostly in the form of the blind beggars) were rather weak. I dunno, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for an art film. There were some great images here and there, though, just not enough to save the film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Not being as versed in Japanese culture as i would like, i think a lot of the finer points and most of the symbolism in this film was lost on me. Definitely surrealist, perhaps even more so than Pistol Opera even....However i did enjoy it....the acting...the ideas, the imagery...thee film moved at a pretty slow pace...which at times seemed to help the trance / dream like state of the narrative, and a other times had me watching the clock a little bit....but i am interested in seeing the second two chapters in this trilogy. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member i remember seeing in tokyo this when it came out in the 80s. blew my mind away. have had it on vhs for some time. beautiful imagery of almost unreal world with skillfully edited sequences. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member It's almost like Un Chien Andalou stretched into a full-length movie. Any semblance of a coherent narrative is sacrificed in favour of surrealist imagery and pure symbolism. And it works brilliantly. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a strange ghost story of sorts, not a horror film at all though. it's definitely a type of movie you'd want to watch again, well at least I would. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In a seaside village of Japan during the 1920s, married professor Aochi (Fujita Toshiya) meets up with old friend Nakasono (Yoshio Harada), who's now a drifter accused of murder. Aochi manages to fight off the suspicion surrounding his buddy, but complications arise when they meet bereaved geisha Koine (Naoko Otani). Nakasono is immediately smitten. Aochi is attracted, but wants to stay faithful to his wife. Yet, over time, the mind games between all three escalate in a violently sexual way.
      Director
      Seijun Suzuki
      Screenwriter
      Uchida Hyakken
      Production Co
      Paramount
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Japanese
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 7, 2006
      Runtime
      2h 28m
      Sound Mix
      Mono