Violence at Noon
Violence at Noon (1966)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 15, 1966
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The camera swirls and swoops. The present gives way to the past, which, in turn gives way to the present, with the speed of a narrator who can't resist interrupting himself.

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John Berra
Electric Sheep

Violence at High Noon is a detached and disturbing portrait of post-war Japan that owes much to the films of Alain Resnais and Robert Bresson in terms of its non-linear structure and its fascination with the amoral activity of the social outsider.

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Anton Bitel

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.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

As in several other films, Oshima takes the story of a real-life criminal (here, a rapist and murderer) and uses it as the key to a sweeping analysis of the ills of post-war Japanese society.

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Fernando F. Croce

The audacity of the style seeps into the story's tabloid luridness.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a seminal but disturbing film of contemporary Japanese cinema.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Violence At Noon plays like Rashomon viewed through the crooked lens of Jean-Luc Godard, a prismatic take on rape and murder under the hot light of an interrogation room.

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Sean Axmaker

The film jumps back and forth in time, trades narrators and fragments the narrative in rapid cuts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
I've been grinding through the Nagisa Oshima catalog for the past year or so, and "Violence at High Noon" was the last of his major films that I… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Violence at Noon," Shino(Saeda Kawaguchi), a maid, is attacked and raped by Eisuke(Kei Sato) who is from her home village and… More
Complex story about love, lonliness, lust, and death. Fairly competent performances, but would've benefitted from better performances. Interesting,… More