Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) Reviews

August 19, 2014
All the elements are potent, from avant-garde composer Toru Takemitsu's modernist score to the expressionistic cinematography.
June 5, 2011
Director Masahiro Shinoda takes lots of chances, using close-ups and off-kilter edits to deepen his characters. A jazzy, avant-garde score throws things even more off balance.
June 4, 2011
Pale Flower sits comfortably as one of the darker noir films ever made
May 18, 2011
A lively yet bleak allegory for post-war Japan and a totem of the Japanese New Wave, the underappreciated Pale Flower finally gets a fitting transfer from the Criterion Collection.
May 16, 2011
They get no kicks from champagne.
August 2, 2007
a lost yakuza classic, part Bob Le Flambeur, part Rebel Without a Cause, but with an ecstatic blankness all its own.
May 31, 2004
One of the best and most powerful yakuza films ever made.
March 14, 2004
Looks beautiful in a new, lush, black and white digital transfer.
March 14, 2004
A masterful, meticulously crafted, wry meditation on fate and love that any cinema fan will appreciate.
December 30, 2003