Monday, September 19, 2016

Black Snow (1965)

Kokuei Company (Japan)
Directed by Tatsuji Takechi
My rating: 3 stars out of 4

A teenager works as a "houseboy" at a hotel/brothel for American GI's. He gets involved with local gangsters and murders one of the brothel's customers whom he had spied on earlier with his mother (one of the prostitutes). He steals a gun, which becomes a sort of sexual crutch. He falls in love with a virginal local girl and seduces her in a public cinema. Later, he uses the gun to commit matricide. He is arrested and executed by firing squad. Controversial film landed the director in Japan's first obscenity trial, but he was acquitted. It has lost some of its punch today, but still a virile piece of post WWII anti-Americanism.

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