Seijun Suzuki’s swan song, PRINCESS RACCOON is likely to boggle you. Even if, like me, you enjoy being boggled, you may still find it boggles you TOO MUCH. There is, perhaps, a limit to the bogglery a person can endure in a single evening. But this is an incredibly beautiful film, a deeply unusual one — more readable and less startling to Japanese viewers, no doubt, but still intentionally quirky as heck — and a very sweet way for Suzuki, whose celebrated yakuza pulps aren’t typically all that sweet, to shuffle off.
Somehow, it makes the most perfect sense possible that Suzuki should end his career with a musical, though.
It’s also very Christmassy, or wintery anyhow. And since December has begun, that is officially O-kay!