Makiko Esumi

  • Seijun Suzuki – Pisutoru opera AKA Pistol Opera (2001)

    As powerful and energetic as ever, 78-year old director Seijun Suzuki creates a stunningly lurid, extreme tale of a woman assassin’s (new sensation Makiko Esumi) surreal rise in the criminal underworld. Thirty-three years later, this master of the pulp thriller reworks his own Branded To Kill into a totally new, jaw-dropping experience! The original Branded To Kill (1976, Koroshi No Rakun starring Jo Shishido. Mariko Ogawa, Anne Mari) is the stylish action movie that has been the subject of homage from world-class directors such as John Woo, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch. Its eccentric, eye-popping images and extreme action is fast earning Pistol Opera a worldwide cult following.Read More »

  • Hirokazu Koreeda – Maboroshi no hikari (1995)

    A young woman’s husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant.Read More »

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