Intentions of murder
Akai satsui -
1964 - Black and white - 150 mn - Original version with French subtitles - Japan - Drama
Directed by : Shōhei Imamura. Produced by : Nikkatsu. Screenplay by : Shinji Fujiwara, Keiji Hasebe, Shōhei Imamura. Editing : Matsuo Tanji. Photography : Shinsaku Himeda. With : Masumi Harukawa, Kô Nishimura, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi.
Between her husband, her mother-in-law and her adopted son, Sadako takahashi is a stay-at-home mother whose life is monotonous and boring. One day, a thief breaks in her house and rape her. Yet, Sadako will want to meet him again…
With Endless desire, Imamura keeps questioning female condition and shakes up once again the idea of manicheism and morality. With precision and virtuosity, he explores the ambiguous and complex psyche of his beautiful heroin, magnificently transcribed onscreen during many beautiful formal bravuras. Shion Sono will keep this film in mind when he’ll direct Guilty of romance, similar on many aspects.