The film has a fine cast, headed by Tsumabuki Satoshi (“The Magic Hour”) and Fukatsu Eri (who won the Best Actress award at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival for her stunning performance), with support from Mitsushima Hikari, (“Love Exposure”), Kiki Kirin (“Still Walking”), Emoto Akira (“April Bride”), and Okada Masaki (“Confessions”).
Despite their demanding shooting schedules (Tsumabuki is starring in 6 films and a drama this year alone), the couple was able to find time for each other. Update: Negative press has caused Maiko to skip press event for film ‘Kuime’ to not ’cause inconvenience’ to the event.
Tough drama “Villain” emerged as one of the most acclaimed films from Japan in 2010, earning a massive 15 nominations from the Japan Academy, including those for Best Picture, Director and a variety of acting nods.
By maintaining the courage of its convictions right through to the end, and by keeping its characters flawed, it covers some fascinating and challenging moral ground, leaving it to the viewer to decide which of them is worst and who is truly to blame for the tragic events.
Since the film eschews the usual protagonist or even anti-hero figure, and is populated by some pretty monstrous, though recognisable people, it means that the title is fitting and ironic – how do you judge evil when everyone is bad in one way or another?
As a result, despite a long running time of around two hours and twenty minutes, the film holds the interest throughout and never feels overstretched.
2010 was a particularly strong year for Japanese film, and “Villain” is up there with the best of them.A powerful, searching piece of drama that boldly explores the bleaker recesses of the human soul in non-exploitative fashion, though hard going at times, it ultimately makes for rewarding and moving viewing.Sang-il Lee (director) / Shûichi Yoshida (novel), Shûichi Yoshida, Sang-il Lee (screenplay) CAST: Eri Fukatsu … Such lofty aims are made possible by a set of uniformly excellent performances from the cast, all of whom really bring their wretched characters to life.Although Tsumabuki Satoshi arguably has the central role, and indeed is utterly convincing as the tormented and brutal Yuichi, it’s Fukatsu Eri who impresses the most.Rewatching these CFs just confirms that I can watch these four say “shu” (the noise that hairspray makes) and primp all day long.