Akai satsui (Intentions of Murder) (1964)





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This Japanese drama explores the fine psychological line between rape and romance as it chronicles the violation of a bored housewife while her husband is away. The next morning, the woman is unable to tell her husband of the rape. Strangely, she finds herself looking forward to the brute's return. He does and she struggles very little. Soon she finds herself fixated on the rapist and unable to get rid of him. In desperation, she decides to poison him. Fortunately, before she can, he suffers a heart attack and dies. The woman calmly resumes her dull life and the story ends. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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A rich work involving very curious relationships which is critical of the treatment of women in Japan at the time that the film was created. Wonderful performances with very imaginative scene creation.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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In "Intentions of Murder," Koichi Takahashi(Ko Nishimura), an asthmatic academic, is carrying on an affair with Yoshiko(Yuko Kusunoki), a younger colleague, unbeknowst to his wife Sadako(Masumi Harukawa). When he is not ignoring her, he treats her rudely like complaining that she spends too much money on food, even with all she does for him. While he is away on business and their son is away with his grandparents, Hiraoko(Shigeru Tsuyuguchi) breaks into the house, steals money and rapes Sadako. Out of shame, she becomes suicidal but first stops to ask her son if wants to die with her. "Inentions of Murder" is an acidic black comedy about obsession and hypocrisy in Japan at the time the movie was made. It is not Koichi's fault that he is sick and he is cared for. And then there is Sadako who already had one strike against her before she was even born, not to due the circumstances of her birth, but those of her grandparents, if I understand correctly.(That's not to mention her metabolism.) That convoluted family structure is symptomatic of the movie as a whole in that it gets bogged down in details and flashbacks, going on much too long and having little of the chaotic energy of director Shohei Imamura's later films, although the climax is something to behold.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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So here's another Japanese rape movie. There's more to it than that, obviously, but it's not much more pleasant. Sadako has to contend with her emotionally needy rapist, her bratty son, her hypercritical mother-in-law, her dickhead husband, and his shrewish mistress. Imamura keeps it interesting with some bold flourishes (some of which were seen before in The Insect Woman) but the whole thing is so harsh to its protagonist that, despite the occasional injection of humor, it's hard to "enjoy".

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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