Villain (Akunin)
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Yuichi Shimizu (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is a young man who takes care of his grandparents in a decaying fishing village in Nagasaki. His grandparents raised Yuichi instead of his mother. Yuichi now works as a civil employee. He is a lonely man. One day, Yuichi meets Yoshino Ishibashi (Hikari Mitsushima) an insurance sales woman from Fukuoka. They first met through an online dating site. Their meeting ends in tragedy with Yuichi murdering Yoshino. Unexpectedly, a rich young university student from Fukuoka, named Keigo Masuo (Masaki Okada) endss up as the prime suspect. Hiding in fear & agony, Yuichi… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Offers a bleak and rounded, if ultimately conservative, take on a criminal act and its impact on those involved."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Generally a disappointment."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Lee Sang-il's film lasts 140 minutes and after 100 we all want to go home."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Like early Haneke without the intellectual rigour but enlivened with beautiful moments of realisation, it's a film that becomes harder to take the more it sides with its "sensitive" star."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Having stayed in Japan, I really enjoyed how the location shots capture the country and its people."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Villain is too long, with a propensity for cliché at vital moments, but its best parts are very good and Lee's direction makes the most of them."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Writer and director take us on a self-indulgently drawn-out journey through the eyes of a dead fish down numerous dramatic dead ends..."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Fortunately, the performances make as big an impact as the sweeping seascapes and the lyrical score."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"While being classily acted and handsomely shot, something appears to have been lost in translation from page to screen."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"Lee has crafted a sparse, elegant portrait of loneliness, grief and desperation, with some brilliantly convincing performances adding to the film's appeal."
‑ Sarah Cronin, Electric Sheep
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