Kiga kaikyo (A Fugitive from the Past) (1965)
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very impressive post-war crime drama from my new favorite director, tomu uchida, the film skillfully weaves the history of a man caught up in circumstances that implicate him in a crime through no fault of his own. fearing no one will believe his story, he makes a new life for himself with ill-gotten gains, until one day the past comes knocking. the middle section reminded me a lot of imamura's 'vengeance is mine', made a dozen years later
Highly impressive. Uchida has to be one of the most imaginative and versatile Japanese directors of his time. The narrative is brilliantly split into 3 parts. The feverish first part takes place in immediate postwar Japan where a criminal is on the run from a heinous murder with a large sum of cash. The second part shifts completely to another character and the film takes on a new direction as it explores the underbelly of postwar urban life. The third part becomes a fascinating character study as the narrative converges again. The camerawork is very stylish and Uchida uses the same long fluid take aesthetic as he used in The Mad Fox. The technical aspects of the film are undeniably impressive. The film does have some flaws like the occasional unnecessary exposition, an abrupt ending, and I thought the psychological trauma of the main character feels underwritten. The film is more similar to the more modern Japanese films of Imamura than the earlier style of Bloody Spear at Mt. Fuji. A good comparison can be made between this and Imamura's Vengeance is Mine.
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