Eri Fukatsu plays Mitsuyo, a lonely soul who works in a men’s clothing store, and one day, against all common sense, she runs away with Shimizu (Satoshi Tsumabuki), a disaffected loner. Mitsuyo knows that Shimizu has killed Yoshino (Kirin Kiki), a woman he meets through an online dating site, but she believes, or wants to believe, that he is a good man overwhelmed by impossible circumstances. Which interpretation is actually the case is the internal paradox of the film. Akunin made a deservedly big splash for its complex treatment of Shimizu’s crime of passion. Might we all, it asks along with Mitsuyo, kill if the circumstances are right? The film’s painfully arrived at ultimate position is that it is hard, make that impossible, to say. – Martha P. Nochimson, Cineaste
A film that restored my faith in contemporary Japanese cinema once again. Full with complex moral questions, ambiguity, playful in its shifting of genre and one of the best dissections of modern (Japanese) society I've seen in a film in a long time. However, someone please change the description, because Kirin Kiki might still be considered good looking for her age, but would hardly qualify as a young woman.