Based on the novella by Shintaro Ishihara (Season of the Sun, Crazed Fruit) and with film score by the award-winning composer Toru Takemitsu (The Woman in the Dunes, Ran).
In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path. Bewitchingly shot and edited, and laced with a fever-dream-like score by Toru Takemitsu, this gangster romance was a breakthrough for the idiosyncratic Masahiro Shinoda. The pitch-black Pale Flower is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld.
Included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
Warning: This film is unrated and contains some thematic material and scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
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