A story about a guy who leans on women too quickly
It's rare to see a Japanese movie that's carried almost entirely by the acting ability of its star but Amai Yoru no Hate is such a movie, and actor Masahiko Tsugawa does a masterful job of portraying the main character Jiro Tezuka.
Jiro is a sales clerk at a department store. He's pretty dedicated and goes on doing his daily duties diligently until he meets Harumi (Teruyo Yamagami) a waitress in a small hole in a wall restaurant. Jiro frequents a bar that's run by Soko (Michiko Saga) the daughter of the owner of the department store he works in. Soko is looking for a charismatic hostess to work at her bar, and Jiro out of kindness introduces Harumi to Soko. Harumi comes to shack with Jiro but she won't let him touch her. She's just free loading off of him until she meets Hondo (Osamu Takizawa) a wealthy owner of a chemical plant. Hondo offers her a place to live in an apartment. Jiro also meets Oka (Takamaru Sasaki), also a chemical plant owner who's business is going downhill. He meets his widowed daughter Masae (Hiroko Sugita). Now circulating among the rich set, Jiro feels inferior about his status and decides to climb up the social ladder by going to bed first with Masae, and then Soko, but he still has something going with Harumi.
The story contains many anecdotes about what not to do with your life, and writer Yoichi Maeda and director Yoshishige Yoshida does a credible job of depicting coat tailing mindset of the youth in Japan, and cruelty of the people in power. The first lesson seems to be not to be kind to someone who doesn't deserve it. Jiro's downward slide starts when he tries to help Harumi. But he's not without blame either because his only vision of making it is by latching onto rich women.
Great movie because it shows the underbelly of hidden desires we have in our hearts, in a microcosm set within the Japanese society.
There are bit too many coincidences in this story to be a real story, but everybody ends up where they should which seems to be the point of this movie. To me this movie played little like a horror movie. Others may have different take on it.
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