Deadly cycle of love/hate as what the viewer knows of the killer is forged from memories of two wounded love ones. The information/emotions compound in a fashion that's almost scientific but there is nothing detached about the film, whenever the women's testimonials start to feel like info dumps Oshima reminds the viewer how hard it is to exercise this kind of pain. Masterpiece.
At the heart of the film lies not a tale of murder but a love triangle unified by tragedy, miscommunication and a jarring detachment for life itself. Ôshima attacks the constant dehumanization of Japan's more debilitated socal circles, worn out by their daily toils without the proper emotional gratification, all of this shot with amazing skill.
>>> Une oeuvre dense et touffue qui, dans une première approche, peut se révéler confuse et quelque peu hermétique quant aux motivations et aboutissants des personnages, face à des événements dont les complexes interactions se nouent et se dénouent en sourdine et en catimini. www.cinefiches.com
A film as stunning visually as Kurosawa's RASHOMON. This is not a crime film though Oshima subverts expectations with the first act, but an allegory condemning free love and the maggots that infest Maggie's Farm. Bob Dylan would be proud.