Villain (Akunin) (2010)
as Yuichi's Grandmother
as Yuichi's Mother
as Yuichi's Grandfather
as Yoshino's Mother
Critic Reviews for Villain (Akunin)
Offers a bleak and rounded, if ultimately conservative, take on a criminal act and its impact on those involved.
Having stayed in Japan, I really enjoyed how the location shots capture the country and its people.
Fortunately, the performances make as big an impact as the sweeping seascapes and the lyrical score.
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.
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.
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.
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