Intentions of Murder (1964)

Directed by Shôhei Imamura


Completely different than my first Imamura experience (Pigs and Battleships). Far away from the flamboyant camerawork of Pigs and Battleships, this film’s subdued camerawork works perfectly. One of the most interesting and haunting films about sexual desires. Toshiro Mayuzumi’s music is just as eerie as the film itself. This film is no doubt a masterpiece, highly recommended.

Criterion article here
“Intentions of Murder was based on Imamura’s actual sociological study of a woman living in northern Japan”

Midnight Eye review here
“Imamura’s adhoc family unit is the complete antithesis of the middle-class nuclear families being portrayed, for example, in the well-mannered and immaculately turned-out works of his early mentor Ozu.”
“Sensual and instinctive, her presence embodies a conflict between desire and duty, underscoring Imamura’s recurrent maxim that there is a world of difference between the public face that the Japanese put forward and of the individual, more instinctive side.”
“Typically for the director, our heroine’s plight is objectified by way of reference to the animal kingdom, most overtly in Masaru’s pet white mouse that futilely spins around in its wheel in the corner of the cluttered apartment symbolising her inability to escape from the cycle forged by her female predecessors, whilst adding a further dynamism to the already busy shot compositions”

Japanese New Wave MUBI list here

IMDb site for the film here
MUBI site for the film here
All screenshots captured by me.

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