This is the film I bought the box set for. Here Imamura strikes the perfect balance between anthropological exploration and emotion. Sadako is the perfect heroine, a complex character who is never turned into a victim. The black and white cinematography is some of the most jaw dropping I've seen, and his direction is a hypnotic flow of images. Gripping and complex, this film is a hidden treasure of Japanese cinema.
Strangers on a train. We already know the man is a rapist and is so sick that sometimes needs ampolues to help breathing. The woman's original condition was pointed at by a metaphor involving mice imprisoned in a hamsters cage. Though the film is a.k.a.'Unholy desire', I couldn't see that while her 'murderous intentions' keep faltering. Then the ending seals the best resolution for a somehow absurd and 'bleak' comedy