INTENTIONS OF MURDER (Shohei Imamura, 1964)

Shohei Imamura’s snowy black comedy, Akai satsui, revolves around Sadako, the uneducated common-law wife of Riichi, who hasn’t married her because of her inferior status; Sadako had been housemaid to Riichi’s family. Masaru, the couple’s kindergarten-age son, was registered to his paternal grandparents for the same reason. (Sadako’s persistence officially corrects this.) Riichi, a university […]