This is the story of a wife’s judgement of her husband. The husband’s ego is judged in a drama that tests man’s ability to recover from the abyss and start anew. This film uses the medium of the relationship of a husband and wife in order to graphically depict the character of the Japanese people in the post-war era. —Cannes Film Festival
Kohei Oguri was born in Gunma prefecture, northern Japan, in 1945, and worked as a freelance assistant director to Kirio Urayama and Masahiro Shibata. He made his directing debut in 1981 with “Doro no Kawa”, which was voted number one in KINEMA JUNPO’s best ten list, as well as receiving the Blue Ribbon Prize and the Mainichi Competition for Best Director. The film was also nominated for the Moscow Film Festival Silver Prize and the American Academy Prize (Foreign Films Section).
In 1984 came “Kayako no Tame-ni” (For Kayako) written by Lee Hwe-Song, which won the George Sadule Prize, a first for a Japanese director. In 1990, “Shi no Toge” won both the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize of the Jury and the FIPRESCI. All three of these films were set in the 1950s, and dealt with the themes of post war life and “the Japanese and I”.
In 1996 “Nemuru Otoko” became the first film to be both written and directed by Oguri, and it drew much attention from being produced and set in… read more
Oguri's The Sting of Death is a towering masterpiece. The intensity of the couple's pain reaches unbearable dimensions within the first 15 minutes and doesn't let up for the film's duration. I'm destroyed right now; there's a shell of a man typing these effusive, wholly inadequate platitudes: gorgeous photography, superb staging, delicately balanced color compositions, Hosokowa's masterful score, everything succeeds.
The second most powerful Japanese film I've seen (Shindo's Naked Island is my bread and butter). I'm absolutely enthralled by Kohei Oguri.