Directors in Focus: Seijun Suzuki
Tales of Sorrow and Sadness
dir. Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1977, 35mm, 93 min., Japanese w/ English subtitles
Nearly a decade after being fired by Nikkatsu Studios, Suzuki returned to the director’s chair with this titillating tale of a model who is groomed to become a professional golfer as a publicity stunt. When she turns out to be good at the sport, her success leads a deranged fan to hatch a blackmail scheme. “Riddled with the director's wildly non-conformist use of non-contiguous edits, unhinged shot composition, and violent splashes of colour, crazed and chaotic and for too long buried in the sand bunkers of obscurity, this long-overlooked work simply cries out for revival” (Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye). Intended for mature audiences.
Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation.