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Intentions of Murder
Directed by Shohei Imamura • 1964 • Japan
Starring Masumi Harukawa, Kô Nishimura, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Sadako (Masumi Harukawa), cursed by generations before her and neglected by her common-law husband, falls prey to a brutal home intruder. But rather than become a victim, she forges a path to her own awakening. This disturbing and pitiless evocation of domestic drudgery and sexual violence is also a fascinating, unsentimental account of one woman’s determination. Filled with director Shohei Imamura’s characteristic flashbacks and dream sequences, INTENTIONS OF MURDER is a gripping, audacious portrait of a woman coming into her own in a man’s world.