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Onna goroshi abura no jigoku (1992)

A young man's frequent patronage of a prostitute leads to debt.



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A young man's frequent patronage of a prostitute leads to debt.

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23 May 1992 (Japan)  »

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The Oil-Hell Murder  »

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 65th Academy Awards in 1993. See more »


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"The Oil-Hell Murder"
2 April 2017 | by (Amarillo, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film begins with some investigators examining the body of a woman who has been fatally stabbed and is lying on a wet floor. The scene then switches to a self-centered young man named "Yohei" (Shin'ichi Tsutsumi) who has fallen in love with an attractive woman by the name of "Kogiku" (Miwako Fujitani) and because of his narcissistic nature has created a scandal by having sexual relations with her. This has caused a great deal of consternation with both his natural family and the guardians who have raised him since he was a child. It also doesn't help matters that Kogiku comes from a relatively rich family in that particular district of Osaka as well. To make matters even worse, the woman who raised him named "Kichi" (Kanako Higuchi) has apparently also fallen in love with him and this eventually results in her having a nasty spat with Kogiku which concludes with Kichi seducing Yohei. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a decent Japanese drama which definitely benefits from its cultural aspects. On that note, however, I must admit that it seemed rather strange that Yohei—who was not from a rich and influential family--was able to get away with so much in spite of the rather strict social customs of that particular time and place. Even so, this was an enjoyable film for the most part and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.

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