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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Eri Fukatsu
Satoshi Tsumabuki
Hikari Mitsushima
Directors
Lee Sang-il
Screenwriters
Lee Sang-il
Shûichi Yoshida
Running Time
140 minutes

Villain
Japan's answer to Mike Leigh


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Villain

Plot
Blue-collar schleb Yuichi (Satoshi) tries to win the affections of his disinterested girlfriend Yoshino (Hikari), who in turn has her eyes on rich kid Masuo (Masaki). When Yoshino goes missing, the enquiry quickly leads the police to Yuichi's door...


Verdict
While it's hard to see why Villain was so feted by the Japanese academy, the moody, social-realist vibe makes this worth a look.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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