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15 July 1966 (Japan) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
 
Writing credits
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Taijun Takeda 
Tsutomu Tamura  novel

Produced by
Masayuki Nakajima .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hikaru Hayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Akira Takada 
 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
 
Production Design by
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Production Management
Koshirô Nogi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deok-Soo Oh .... assistant director
Mamoru Sasaki .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Akira Honma .... sound effects editor
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rei Miura .... gaffer
Yasuhiro Yoshioka .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Takuji Yamaguchi .... stage manager
 

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"Hakuchû no tôrima" - Japan (original title)
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99 min
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UK:18 (2008)
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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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References Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)See more »

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a wild, dark story of love and death in nihilistic Japan, 25 November 2011
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Violence at Noon looks at one men and two women, but it's certainly not a love triangle, at least in any 'normal' sense. The director, the iconoclast Nagisa Oshima, takes a decidedly non-linear approach to this story of a rapist and murderer who has ties to two women, one he raped many years before and his wife (or ex-wife perhaps).

I actually DID feel confused a lost a couple of time during the film, but only in the first half. It did jump around a lot, but after a certain point I clicked into Oshima's fast-paced rhythm (and it has about 2,000 cuts so that is a lot even by today's standards), and it has such a fiery sense of what is right and wrong and how the gray areas of the world just take over, and also how a rapist and murder can be understood, if certainly not "liked" at all. It's a dynamic, angry character, simmering and volatile, and when he's on screen you can't take your eyes off him (and it makes for one of the really great openings to any movie, as he enters a house and eyes a woman, a very dangerous-sexy scene).

I really got engrossed in this story of suicide, regret, guilt, and what happens when enveloped in society - that it's a murder mystery is so secondary a note, maybe even the last thing on Oshima's mind. In fact if it hadn't been for a scene on a train that is just shot very clumsily and pretentiously, it might be close to being a perfect "art" film, where a director takes some major chances with style and effect to tell his story. As it stands, I was drawn into Violence at Noon through the emotionally harrowing performances and the innovative editing (and even among other "New Wave" filmmakers of the era who used editing to unconventional effect this had an uncanny sense of going back and forth in time - taking on memory as snapshots, but still cohesive for a full story).

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