Violence at Noon
Original title: Hakuchû no tôrima
- 1h 39m
Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist.Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist.Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist.
Two women deal with the fact that a man in their lives is a cereal rapist.
I really don't know why Oshima's early films have taken so long to become available in the U.S. They are spectacular! I suppose because their thematic content is so specific to the Japan of the post-war "reconstruction" at the hands of the Americans. As radical, contemporary, and at times experimental as Oshima's films from this era were, his landscapes, to my eye, more closely resemble the tradition of Japanese landscape-painting than those of Kurosawa or Mizoguchi. In this film, the past is captured in just such painterly, deep-focus majesty, with dizzying zooms thrown in just to leave you disoriented. The present is soft, blurry, almost indiscernible at times. I'm interpreting the political content of this violent, lude, nasty story to deal with Japan's inability to live up to its WWII atrocities, or from a different perspective, the ease with which it forgave itself. I admit that I don't see how the last scenes fit into that interpretation, but that doesn't make those scenes any less haunting.
- Aug 27, 2011
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