Intentions of Murder

Oct 31, 2007

Shohei Imamura, 1964, Japan, 35mm, 150 min

A large housewife, Sadako is married to a boring, weak willed tyrant, who treats her like a servant. When he is out of town, a burglar rapes the heroine. Instead of following the traditional Japanese code and committing suicide, she is made more assertive by the violent act. When the rapist returns, she first consents, and then plans to kill him. INTENTIONS OF A MURDER is an amazing, moralistic tale exploring the place of women in Japanese society.

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"A strange and fascinating film . . . an authentic shocker."-THE NEW YORK TIMES

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