Kagerô-za (Heat-Haze Theatre) (1981)





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The inner workings of the human psyche are featured in this study of relationships between different leading characters. The action weaves around playwright Matsuzaki (Yusaku Matsuda) -- who is sleeping with Shinako (Michio Okusu), a married woman -- and his other "lover," Ine (Eriko Kasuda), a fairly corporeal spirit. The film is set in 1926, when cinema was silent -- and that era is evoked in Kagero-za. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Yusaku Matsuda
as Matsuzaki
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Critic Reviews for Kagerô-za (Heat-Haze Theatre)

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Kageroza's alternate title, Heat-Haze Theatre, perfectly illustrates the ineffable sensuality and perverse randomness of Seijun Suzuki's late-period arabesque.

Full Review… | March 7, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kagerô-za (Heat-Haze Theatre)

Like Zigeunerweisen, this was too incomprehensible and random, but not in that fun, Branded to Kill way. More like the boring, annoying way. Nonsensical edits, unmotivated emotional reactions, abstracted dialogue, deliberately confusing chronology. It's the kind of thing people make fun of when they mock art films. I was actually fighting to stay awake. Suzuki does manage some intriguing visuals, especially during the climax. But it's not enough to save the film.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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