Japanese director Yoshitaro Nomura adapts another suspenseful novel by popular mystery writer Seicho Matsumoto. The story arc charts the thick web of entanglements that exist among a married couple, the husband’s mistress and a guileless young boy who finds himself helplessly caught between the adults’ treacherous manipulations. This intricate and compelling film stars Shima Iwashita, Ken Ogata and Mayumi Ogawa. —Netflix
Yoshitaro Nomura, Japanese film director (b. April 23, 1919, Tokyo, Japan—d. April 8, 2005, Tokyo), pioneered the film noir genre in Japanese cinema. The son of film director Hotei Nomura, Yoshitaro Nomura signed with the Shochiku film studio when he was 22 years old and made his directorial debut with Hato (Pigeon) in 1953. Though he made samurai dramas and musicals, he was best known for his film noirs, including his masterpiece Suna no utsuwa (1974; Castle of Sand), a thriller that follows the investigation of a murdered police officer; it was considered among the finest films ever made in Japan. —Britannica
A truly appalling film, APPALLING in the sense of what depths Ken Ogata's character goes in order to mollify his sadistic, venomous wife, a horrid woman who could give Lady Macbeth a run for her money. A must-see for any fan of Japanese cinema.