Michael Sauter
November 19, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Violence at Noon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A-

While a serial rapist-killer terrorizes Tokyo, the only two women who know his identity — his wife and his first rape victim — maintain a mutual silence. Delving into the mystery of why, director Nagisa Oshima uses sudden flashbacks and provocative close-ups to uncover deep wells of guilt and shame. This new letterboxed edition restores Oshima’s masterful compositions—and the full impact of his bold stylization. Reel Goodies (0:08) The scene jumps from an excruciatingly methodical attack to a wrenching hanging, a juxtaposition whose significance is only gradually revealed. The Last Detail The always controversial Oshima outdid himself with his sexually graphic In the Realm of the Senses, which was widely banned during its 1976 release. A-

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