Shohei Imamura

Intentions of Murder

Intentions of Murder

Sadako (Masumi Harukawa), cursed by generations before her and neglected by her common-law husband, falls prey to a brutal home intruder. But rather than become a victim, she forges a path to her own awakening. This disturbing and pitiless evocation of domestic drudgery and sexual violence is also a fascinating, unsentimental account of one woman’s determination. Filled with director Shohei Imamura’s characteristic flashbacks and dream sequences, Intentions of Murder is a gripping, audacious portrait of a woman coming into her own in a man’s world.

Film Info

  • Shohei Imamura
  • Japan
  • 1964
  • 150 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #474

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Conversation between Shohei Imamura and critic Tadao Sato about the film
  • Interview with critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic James Quandt

Available In

Collector's Set

Pigs, Pimps & Prostitutes: 3 Films by Shohei Imamura

Pigs, Pimps & Prostitutes

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Conversation between Shohei Imamura and critic Tadao Sato about the film
  • Interview with critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic James Quandt
Intentions of Murder
Cast
Masumi Harukawa
Sadako Takahashi
Kô Nishimura
Riichi Takahashi
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Hiraoka
Yûko Kusunoki
Yoshiko Masuda
Ranko Akagi
Tadae Takahashi
Yasuo Itoga
Eiji Tamura
Yoshi Kato
Seizo Takahashi
Tanie Kitabayashi
Kinu Takahashi
Kazuo Kitamura
Seiichiro Takahashi
Credits
Director
Shohei Imamura
Screenplay
Keiji Hasabe
Screenplay
Shohei Imamura
Based on a story by
Shinji Fujiwara
Editing
Mutsuo Tanji
Cinematography
Shinsaku Himeda
Art direction
Kimihiko Nakamura
Music
Toshiro Mayuzumi
Sound
Koshiro Jinbo

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