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Violence at Noon Reviews

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John Berra
Electric Sheep
February 7, 2015
Violence at High Noon is a detached and disturbing portrait of post-war Japan that owes much to the films of Alain Resnais and Robert Bresson in terms of its non-linear structure and its fascination with the amoral activity of the social outsider.
Fernando F. Croce
February 7, 2015
The audacity of the style seeps into the story's tabloid luridness.
Sean Axmaker
May 17, 2010
The film jumps back and forth in time, trades narrators and fragments the narrative in rapid cuts.
Anton Bitel
July 22, 2008
It might almost be a melodrama, save for all the political allegory, as Oshima asks how a seemingly civilised society can create and knowingly harbour a monster within.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 18, 2006
It's a seminal but disturbing film of contemporary Japanese cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
August 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 15, 2005
The camera swirls and swoops. The present gives way to the past, which, in turn gives way to the present, with the speed of a narrator who can't resist interrupting himself.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
May 24, 2003
As in several other films, Oshima takes the story of a real-life criminal (here, a rapist and murderer) and uses it as the key to a sweeping analysis of the ills of post-war Japanese society.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 25, 2002
Violence At Noon plays like Rashomon viewed through the crooked lens of Jean-Luc Godard, a prismatic take on rape and murder under the hot light of an interrogation room.
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