Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ecstasy of the Angels (1972)

Art Theatre Guild (Japan)
Directed by Kôji Wakamatsu
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Image Entertainment)

Japanese terrorists steal American hand grenades which they use to bomb various locations around Tokyo, mostly aimed at the police. The terrorists can't agree on their strategy and begin to fracture into splinter groups. They argue, have sex, hang out at the local nightclub, have sex, fight, have sex, well, you get the picture. Filmed in the New Wave style mostly in black and white with occasional unexplained forays into color, it is politically dated and pretentious, but the actors appear to be having a lot of fun, and there is a cool jazz soundtrack.

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