Villain (Akunin)
Villain (Akunin) (2010)

A mild-mannered man named Yuichi (Satoshi Tsumabuki) falls in love with a similarly introverted woman, but neglects to tell her he's a suspect in a murder as the new couple set out to elude the police.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 11, 2010
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Walters
Time Out

Offers a bleak and rounded, if ultimately conservative, take on a criminal act and its impact on those involved.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Generally a disappointment.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Lee Sang-il's film lasts 140 minutes and after 100 we all want to go home.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Having stayed in Japan, I really enjoyed how the location shots capture the country and its people.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Writer and director take us on a self-indulgently drawn-out journey through the eyes of a dead fish down numerous dramatic dead ends...

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Fortunately, the performances make as big an impact as the sweeping seascapes and the lyrical score.

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Cath Clarke

While being classily acted and handsomely shot, something appears to have been lost in translation from page to screen.

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Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep

Lee has crafted a sparse, elegant portrait of loneliness, grief and desperation, with some brilliantly convincing performances adding to the film's appeal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Good movie. Very long, but doesn't drag. As another reviewer commented, the title really does make you think by the end who the villain actually is. For… More
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Great performance from Mrs Fukatsu, fantastic direction, but the movie seems to exist mostly for the final sequence. I liked a lot the sub-story of the father… More