The graceful brute

Poster The graceful brute

In a Japanese post-war tenement building, a family of grifters from father to son get in all sorts of hustles in an attempt to profit from modern society’s advantages.

With a script by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba), Kawashima returns to his satirical and misanthropic verve in this depicting of capitalist Japan still under American occupation. His protagonists, without morals, seeking profit everywhere, become puppets caught up in their own strings. By opting for unity of space, this appartement with incessant comings and goings, that we leave only to visit the staircase, Kawashima delivers a film direction masterclass worthy of Hitchcock's The Rope, where the setting, like a prison, becomes a metaphor for a deliquescent world.

Shitoyakana Kedamono.

1962
Color - 96mn - Original version with French subtitles
Japan.
Comedy, Drama.
Direction: Yûzô Kawashima.
Production: Osamu Yoneda.
Screenplay: Kaneto Shindô.
Editing: Tatsuji Nakashizu.
Photography: Nobuo Munekawa.
Music by: Sei Ikeno.
With: Ayako Wakao, Yûnosuke Itô, Hisano Yamaoka, Yûko Hamada, Eiji Funakoshi.
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