Villain (Akunin) (2010)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

A mild-mannered man named Yuichi (Satoshi Tsumabuki) falls in love with a similarly introverted woman, but neglects to tell her he's a suspect in a murder as the new couple set out to elude the police.
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Toho Co., Ltd.


Eri Fukatsu
as Mitsuyo
Akira Emoto
as Yoshio
Kirin Kiki
as Yuichi's Grandmother
Ken Mitsuishi
as Yajima
Kimiko Yo
as Yuichi's Mother
Hisashi Igawa
as Yuichi's Grandfather
Suzuki Matsuo
as Tsutsumishita
Kinuo Yamada
as Tamayo
Hanae Kan
as Sari
Yoshiko Miyazaki
as Yoshino's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Villain (Akunin)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Offers a bleak and rounded, if ultimately conservative, take on a criminal act and its impact on those involved.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Having stayed in Japan, I really enjoyed how the location shots capture the country and its people.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Birmingham Mail

Fortunately, the performances make as big an impact as the sweeping seascapes and the lyrical score.

Full Review… | August 24, 2011
Radio Times

Generally a disappointment.

Full Review… | August 21, 2011
Observer (UK)

Villain is too long, with a propensity for cliché at vital moments, but its best parts are very good and Lee's direction makes the most of them.

August 18, 2011
London Evening Standard

While being classily acted and handsomely shot, something appears to have been lost in translation from page to screen.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011

Audience Reviews for Villain (Akunin)

Good movie. Very long, but doesn't drag. As another reviewer commented, the title really does make you think by the end who the villain actually is. For me, the young girl at the beginning and her fickle boyfriend are way worse characters! Yuichi is flawed and he does some awful things, but there is growth from him by the end. (Which also initially confused me until I realised what his motivation was). Basically it's a doomed romance between him and a quiet girl who works in a menswear store.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Great performance from Mrs Fukatsu, fantastic direction, but the movie seems to exist mostly for the final sequence. I liked a lot the sub-story of the father of the victim. Flawed film, but with interesting touches.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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