I, the Executioner


Time Out says

Up there with Oshima's Violence at Noon and Imamura's Vengeance Is Mine as one of Japan's most disturbing anatomies of a serial killer, Kato's shattering film eschews suspense (it confronts male violence against women head-on from its very first shot) in favour of mystery. What links the murders of five women with the suicide of a 16-year-old delivery boy? Plodding cops (one with a bad case of piles) investigate, and solarised flashbacks eventually provide a denouement, but the near metaphysical ending ensures that the mystery somehow lingers. Kato anchors it in location-shot observation of Tokyo's quotidian realities, which makes the unorthodox approach to questions of sexual politics all the more bracing.


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Tai Kato
Haruhiko Mimura
Makoto Sato
Chieko Baisho
Sanae Nakahara
Kin Sugai
Yoshiko Sawa
Oh Ran-Fan
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