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Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness - 1977 - Dir. Suzuki

OH MAN! MAN OH MAN! This movie reminded me why I'm such a friggin' diehard fan of Seijun Suzuki. It's been a while since I've seen a new movie of his and I think this was a really good re-introduction. At first, I had no fucking clue as to what was going on. The movie has a really strange way of telling an even more strange premise, which only becomes more bizarre as the movie goes on. It's about a model who is offered 3 million to become a professional golfer in the process of which she gets her own TV show and a crazy stalker. It's basically about this woman who is being molded by almost everyone. If I've gotten anything across to you, it should be that this movie is strange and confusing. In fact, it's nearly nonsensical. NEARLY, being the key word. I feel like Suzuki never gets too abstract. He seems to just want to tell a normal story in a weird way. The movie gets stranger and stranger and visually, Suzuki is just a master. I dunno, I'm gushing. I know. I guess, when a movie takes the kind of twists and turns that this one does and ends in such an explosive climax but still manages to grip tightly on a spirit of playfulness, it's an achievement. Nothing looks like a Suzuki movie when he's on his game. And more importantly, nothing feels like a Suzuki movie.
Enjoy Golf!

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