Fighting Elegy

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Year Released: 1966
Rating: 1.0

A cadet can't find a way to ... 'express' his love for a girl he fancies, so he channels that energy into fisticuffs. Suzuki's "cut-up" method is a hindrance, making things so scrambled that any potential flow quickly gets disrupted - his flair for the bizarre and for wild overacting often turns this into outright camp. The style-over-substance school should undoubtedly enjoy this more than I, though I will admit that the Suzuki Method of taking a studio script and trying to do something unique with it is a technique that should be praised and repeated (it's a damn shame I don't care for the end result in this particular case).