Hakuchu no torima (The Daylight Demon) (Violence at High Noon)
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Hakuchu no torima (The Daylight Demon) (Violence at High Noon)
The unstable social milieu of postwar Japan is brought into play in Violence at Noon. Two young women, whose lives are far from blissful, are raped by an equally disenfranchised assailant. Director Nagisa Oshima seems to argue that it is the horrid living conditions endured by the rapist and his victims, rather than the rape itself, that should be condemned. Oshima sustains audience interest with his lightning-paced editing, offering some 2000 separate shots in the space of 90 minutes. Violence at Noon begins simply, but ends in so complex a fashion that more questions are raised than can ever… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film jumps back and forth in time, trades narrators and fragments the narrative in rapid cuts."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"It might almost be a melodrama, save for all the political allegory, as Oshima asks how a seemingly civilised society can create and knowingly harbour a monster within."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"It's a seminal but disturbing film of contemporary Japanese cinema."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews