Une oeuvre remarquée et remarquable entre sèche dissection d'un cas pathologique, étude aux forceps d'une société minée par les interdits ainsi que le refoulement et de plus une superbe leçon de cinéma. Un metteur en scène dont on espère enfin pouvoir visionner la filmographie complète... www.cinefiches.com
A cold character study. Interesting for what it is, however it's not as great as the two other films of Imamura's that I've seen (Pigs and Battleships, which is great. The Pornographers being his best thus far-i.e closest to a masterpiece by him). The main things that's to be appreciated here would be the audacious yet calculated camerawork/framing and the atmosphere of dread/disdain maintained throughout.3 1/2 stars
A tale of agonized Christianity and murder familiar since Dostoevsky, but, amazingly, given an even bleaker cast by Imamura. The theme is the wounded pride of Japanese manhood brought about by the war - not nationalistic, but the extremely deep personal and spiritual scars that only Freudian family romance can produce. The impassively filmed murders, and despairing ending, are some of the most disturbing in cinema.
I have waited surprise or a good breaking point . But film's story was blended with a killer and fraudster stories...I have watched a brutal character who has animal instincts... I do not think that there is a well written and deeply decoded character .Watching this shallowness which inside character's soul really bored me . there was not anything in the movie designed brilliantly. 10 / 6.5
Incredibly beautiful, for a film following a horrific crime spree. Takes more of a poetic stance, with a haunting atmosphere, rather than procedural - as most films of this genre tend to be. There is a brutal serial killer film here, but beyond that there is a very dark sense of humour, and masterful filmmaking that even reminds of softer, more elegant Japanese New Wave films. Unsettling and unique.