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Villain (2010)

Akunin (original title)
A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director:

Sang-il Lee

Writers:

Shûichi Yoshida (based on the novel by), Shûichi Yoshida (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eri Fukatsu ... Mitsuyo
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Shimizu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Ishibashi, Yoshino's father
Hisashi Igawa ... Katsuji
Mansaku Ikeuchi Mansaku Ikeuchi ... Kubo
Hanae Kan Hanae Kan
Sabu Kawahara Sabu Kawahara
Kirin Kiki
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Norio, Yuichi's uncle
Hikari Mitsushima
Yoshiko Miyazaki
Kento Nagayama
Hiroshi Oda Hiroshi Oda
Masaki Okada
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Storyline

A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 September 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Villain See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,383,806
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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steady, solid, believed in and assured,
26 April 2011 | by dumsumdumfaiSee all my reviews

There is only a simple message. Not sure about you but I kind of saw earlier on how the title of villain is indistinguishably played on the various characters and their actions in the storyline. Howerver, that being said, it is a well executed movie.

Japanese crime dramas, from books, TV is unlike the Western "Who doneit", but more of the question of How. Greate example is the TV series Ten to Sen (Dots to Line) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1067131/ Lately, they go even beyond that from the 'How' to the 'Why'.

And so is Villain. Not over the top, fairly realistic especially on the flash back on the key event. Not shocking, one can relate to most who are involved, even college grad.

A social commentary on various things that can happen to any developed society. This case is kind of sad and to some degree fatalistic real - except the ending.

Acting is fairly good. Maybe a little too much background to the main characters but then again they are the main characters. The alternating amongst the many side of the issue is natural, completed and balanced.


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