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15 July 1966 (Japan) See more »
Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist. Full summary » | 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
(in alphabetical order)
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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Also Known As:
"Hakuchû no tôrima" - Japan (original title)
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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Very difficult, with limited rewards; possibly better upon repeat viewings, 3 July 2003
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Possibly the most confusing movie I've ever sat through, it took me a long time to get anything out of it. I just couldn't grab onto even the slightest shred of a plot, and, without the ability to find a hook, it felt at first like watching a blank wall. But eventually, I started making inroads and, as the film progresses, its chopped-up plot begins to emerge. It is the story of a rapist and murderer and two women with whom he is intricately involved. Shino is one of his rape victims, and also, we find out, a woman he rescued from suicide in the past. Jinbo is the killer's wife, who knows his guilt (or at least suspects it) but loves him and wants to protect him. Nagisa Oshima actually went to film school in France, and, though part of the Japanese New Wave, no one will miss the French New Wave influences, especially Alain Resnais, whose films have similarly infuriated me in the past with their difficult narratives. Even if I never understood what the hell happened here, the film has several great aspects. The acting is quite good, that's clear. But, in particular, the music, by Hikaru Hayashi, and the cinematography, by Akira Takada, are extremely beautiful. I think I might like this one better if I give it yet another try.

ETA: zetes here in the distant year 2010, having just watched the film for the second time. It seems that younger zetes was being a tad dumb, though it could have been the fact that he watched it on a VHS with probably washed-out subtitles (remember those? Yeah, I don't miss them!). The film is actually kind of convoluted, perhaps purposely so. But after the first third of the film, it's fairly clear what's going on. It is quite good, and the visuals and direction are spectacular. This is now available on DVD in an Eclipse box set (it's generally considered to be the best film in that set, too, though I've only watched a couple of films from it so far).

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