Seedy locales and blue-hued cityscapes exude a pathos of nihilism and sadness throughout this peculiar but memorable neo-noir in which a blues singer, who moonlights as a PI, gets involved in an altercation with a prominent gang. Sexual repression and homosexual undertones implicitly contextualize this film's environment, one in which the fringes of Japanese society live in the shadows of Japan's social conservatism culture. Few films have made Japan look this seedy. The aesthetic and cinematography complement the underlying psyche of its main protagonist, employing a cold hued color palette and off-kilter compositions which are often obstructed or imperfect in a traditonial sense, a jarring visual expression of the state of this character, a man on a mission who represses his pain. His blues ballads provide him a temporary release, and they underlay the knotty, nearly undecipherable plotting, with Yokohama BJ Blues exhibiting a singular spin on the familiar neo noir genre in which the streets of Japan ache with uncertainty and sadness
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