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Violence at Noon (1966)

Hakuchû no tôrima (original title)
Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist.

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Credited cast:
Hideo Kanze ...
Inagaki, husband of the raped woman
Hideko Kawaguchi ...
Matsuko's mother
Saeda Kawaguchi ...
Shino Shinozaki
Narumi Kayashima ...
Jinbo, teacher
Teruko Kishi ...
Shino's grandmother
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Shino's father
Akiko Koyama ...
Matsuko Koura, wife of Eisuke, teacher
Kei Satô ...
Eisuke Oyamada
Ryôko Takahara ...
Raped woman
Taiji Tonoyama ...
School director
Rokkô Toura ...
Genji Hyuga
Fumio Watanabe ...
Inspector Haraguchi
Sen Yano ...
Mayor
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Hakuchu no Torima" is the portrayal of a violent rapist as seen through the recollections of his wife and one of his victims. As the film starts, Eisuke (Kei Sato) encounters Shino (Saeda Kawaguchi), who works as a maid in a house. She is a former coworker from a failed collective farm, whose life he once saved -- only to rape her. Soon, Eisuke's criminal pattern of rapes and murders emerges as he goes on assaulting women (Shino being the witness of one of them, as Eisuke tries to violate her employer). When cooperating with the police on making a description of the rapist, Shino withholds her crucial knowledge of his identity. She prefers writing letters to Eisuke's dutiful wife, Matsuko, a schoolteacher (Akiko Koyama -- Mrs Oshima), in order to expose his true nature and perhaps induce her into turning Eisuke over to the police. Written by miclea daniel

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The movie is made up of 1,508 takes. The average shot length is 4.5 seconds. See more »

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Violence at Noon (1966)
24 December 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

After Pleasures of the Flesh (1965), Violence at Noon (1966) is the second Nagisa Oshima film to based on a work of literature, this time on Tsutomu Tamura's novel which was in turn inspired by actual crimes that took place in a Japanese rural community. The movie adaptation is a strong stylistic departure from many of Oshima's previous (and subsequent) films.

The story itself is very bleak and distressing, but always captivating. It focuses on a few characters with questionable motivations and uncertain fates. Due to being linked with a murdering rapist, their lives take a turn for the worse, casually discussing suicide and pondering on their heavy situation, their philosophy of love seeking no rewards now being put to test. The story is non-linear and characterized by sudden leaps between flashbacks and current time. Despite this, the movie is miraculously easy to follow and never becomes confusing, even if we consider the break-neck editing style which sees over 2000 cuts throughout the duration of the film. It disorients the viewer, but at the same time keeps your attention.

The film is inspired by the French nouvelle vague, as made evident by the film's title card which pops up randomly several times during the intro like it's a Godard film. The music is great and the B&W cinematography is fantastic, always finding new ways to focus on the close-ups of Saeda Kawaguchi's gorgeous face and to justaxpose the characters' worried faces with the grayish environment. All in all, a fantastic movie.


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