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...
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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