"Violence at Noon"
Directed by Nagisa Oshima
the case history of a rapist, Nagisa Oshima created one of the most effective crime films
while transcending the genre. The story unfolds through the recollections of two
women--the criminal's wife and one of his victims--strangely united in an effort to
protect the rapist from capture. Their despair is linked to that of the rapist himself,
and ultimately to the failure of the socialist movement in postwar Japan. Oshima
masterfully demonstrates the ways in which the compulsion to crime and self-destruction
reflects the pathology of the society in which the criminal and victim lives. With Saeda
Kawaguchi, Akiko Koyama, Kei Sato and Matsuhiro Toura. Japanese with English subtitles.