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    Pale Flower

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    Released

    1964

    Runtime

    96

    Pale Flower

    What's it About

    When yakuza Maruki (Ikebe) gets out of jail for murder, he immediately returns to his old haunts in Tokyo. On his first night out, he meets a mysterious female gambler, Saeko (Kaga), who shows no fear in placing risky bets. Though his old girlfriend (Hara) has remained faithful and kept a torch burning for him, Maruki is understandably intrigued by this new thrill-seeking moll. Still, attraction has its price: soon enough the all-consuming relationship between Maruki and Saeko is leading the smitten yakuza on a perilous path right back to prison.

    Why we love it

    This slick and stylish gangster romance from the Japanese New Wave immediately draws you into its dark, nihilistic orbit with crisp, seductive black-and-white cinematography. Director Shinoda ("Double Suicide") also employs unconventional editing to keep his twisted tale — and his audience — slightly off balance. Noted composer Toru Takemitsus ethereal, unnerving score also serves to heighten the film's feverish vibe. The performances also deliver the goods: Ikebe ably transforms his Maruki from stoic yakuza to obsessed lover, and Kaga's Saeko is an obscure object of desire par excellence. Calling all Yakuza fans: here's a movie that will surely blossom in your imagination.

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