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Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Lee Sang Il (Director) | Hisaishi Joe
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Villain is director Lee Sang Il's follow-up to the inspirational award-winning drama Hula Girl, but Lee doesn't have any likable underdog to root for this time around. Instead, Villain is an emotionally intense journey about the various forms of villainy in our daily lives. Based on the award-winning novel by Yoshida Shuichi (who also co-wrote the script), Lee turns a typical "criminal on the run" drama into an examination of the ripple effect one heinous act can have on others, and the result is one of the most powerful Japanese films of 2010.

Tsumabuki Satoshi (The Magic Hour) leaves behind his good looks to play a blue-collar worker who goes on the lam after murdering his on-and-off girlfriend (Mitsushima Hikari, Love Exposure). In addition a strong supporting cast comprised of Kiki Kirin (Still Walking), Emoto Akira (April Bride), and Okada Masaki (Confessions), Fukatsu Eri's raw performance as the woman who falls in love with the murderer won the Best Actress award at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival. With critical acclaim from film festivals abroad and at home, Villain earned 15 nominations at the 2010 Japan Academy Prize, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score (by Hisaishi Joe), and a total of six acting nominations for its cast.

Socially inept blue-collar worker Yuichi (Tsumabuki Satoshi) lives at home with his grandmother (Kiki Kirin) and meets women via Internet-based dating services. His latest fling is Yoshino (Matsushima Hikari), who is only stringing Yuichi along until she finds someone better. After an unpleasant encounter between the two, Yoshino is found dead, and Yuichi quickly becomes the main suspect when the police determine that arrogant college student Masuo (Okada Masaki) was not the last person to see her alive. Meanwhile, Yuichi meets lonely shop clerk Mitsuyo (Fukatsu Eri), and the two begin an intense love affair. As Yuichi's grandmother becomes the victim of brutal con artists, and Yoshino's father finds out that Masuo is more responsible for Yoshino's death than he seems, perhaps Yuichi isn't the biggest villain of the case after all.

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Product Title: Villain (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 惡人 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 恶人 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 悪人 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) Villain (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Akunin Akunin Akunin Akunin Akunin
Artist Name(s): Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Hisaishi Joe | Emoto Akira | Kiki Kirin | Mitsushima Hikari | Okada Masaki (Actor) 妻夫木聰 (Actor) | 深津繪里 (Actor) | 久石讓 | 柄本明 | 樹木希林 | 滿島光 | 岡田將生 (Actor) 妻夫木聪 (Actor) | 深津绘里 (Actor) | 久石让 | 柄本明 | 树木希林 | 满岛光 | 冈田将生 (Actor) 妻夫木聡 (Actor) | 深津絵里 (Actor) | 久石譲 | エモトアキラ | きき きりん | 満島ひかり | 岡田将生 (Actor) Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Hisaishi Joe | Emoto Akira | Kiki Kirin | Mitsushima Hikari | Okada Masaki (Actor)
Director: Lee Sang Il 李相日 Lee Sang Il リ・サンイル[李相日] Lee Sang Il
Release Date: 2011-03-24
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 140 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024154674

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Director: Lee Sang Il

A fugitive runaway story turns into a tragic love story. What made him kill and what makes him love? Ultimately, what separates the two? And who is this villain?
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Awards

This film has won 5 award(s) and received 10 award nomination(s).
  • Japan Academy Prize 2011
    • Picture of the Year Nomination
    • Director of the Year Nomination, Lee Sang Il
    • Screen Play of the Year Nomination, Lee Sang Il
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Winner, Tsumabuki Satoshi
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Winner, Fukatsu Eri
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Winner, Emoto Akira
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nomination, Okada Masaki
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Winner, Kiki Kirin
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nomination, Mitsushima Hikari
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Music Winner
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Nomination
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Professional Review of "Villain (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 7, 2011

This professional review refers to Villain (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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. The film was directed by Lee Sang Il, and is a very different proposition to his last outing, the hugely popular inspirational dance flick Hula Girls. Based upon the award-winning novel by Yoshida Shuichi, who also co-scripted, the film is a dark examination of modern Japanese society that charts the many aftershocks that follow a brutal and tragic crime. 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).

The film follows manual labourer Yuichi (Tsumabuki Satoshi), a down trodden young man who lives at home with his grandmother (Kiki Kirin) and who spends most of his time sleeping with women he meets through internet dating. This doesn't seem to make him particularly happy, with his current girl Yoshino (Matsushima Hikari) treating him badly and using him to pass the time while she tries to catch the eye of rich college student Masuo (Okada Masaki). After Yoshino is found dead, the police suspect Masuo, though soon focus their attentions on Yuichi, who goes on the run with his latest internet conquest, forlorn shop worker Mitsuyo (Fukatsu Eri). Meanwhile, his grandmother is left to face the press and ends up in trouble with a group of conmen, and Yoshino's father takes his anger out on Masuo.

The best thing about Villain is its air of grim honesty, which makes it wholly compelling and convincing, and sets it apart from other films about criminals on the run or sad characters self-destructing. Benefitting considerably from having Yoshida Shuichi onboard as a co-writer, the script is powerful and atypical, and whilst the film is relentlessly dark and tough and certainly heaps on the misery, it never feels gratuitous or that it is wallowing in the worst of humanity simply to depress the viewer. Never pulling punches, it tackles a variety of difficult current issues in Japanese society, dealing with loneliness, sex, dating websites and more, all in an even handed manner. Though not explicitly a youth drama, the film certainly has much to say on the subject and paints a pretty disparaging picture of the younger generation in Japan, though again without any easy answers or even finger pointing.

Unsurprisingly, the film doesn't exactly make for cheerful viewing, with callousness and coldness the order of the day, being the most common ways in which the characters interact with each other. At the same time, the script never reduces them to simplistic caricatures, also weaving in sadness, guilt and regret, ensuring that it remains a painfully human story. Although the film is not without melodrama, with there being lots of tears and shots of characters wandering around in the ever-present rain, it's never heavy handed. As a result, the story is really quite devastating, offering glimpses of love and hope, though tempering them with ambiguity, and without ever taking the easy route of transforming into a redemptive journey. 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?

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. Her lonely, initially meek shop girl and her sad hopes for loving him give the film its emotional core, with the actress making the role far more layered than that of the damsel in distress or kind woman trying to mend a broken man it could easily have been.

As well as a fascinating character study, the film works superbly as a thriller, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing, primarily as to whether or not Yuichi really is a cold hearted killer, and whether or not he will turn against the naive Mitsuyo. The plot is a sprawling affair, not just following the runaway couple, but perhaps even more importantly charting how the murder affects everyone involved, in particular families of killer and victim. Interspersed with this are various other subplots, and though these do tend to drop in and out of the film, in particular the thread involving Yuichi's grandmother and the con artists, they help to further flesh out the overall themes. 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.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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March 9, 2012

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Searing adult drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Director Lee Sang Il's "Villain" is so powerful that I was telling people about it for days after seeing it. Tsumabuki Satoshi stars as Yuichi, a severely withdrawn building demolition worker with a volcano of suppressed rage. Yuichi has never known his father and, when very young, was cruelly abandoned by his mother. Raised by his grandmother (Kiki Kirin), Yuichi seeks some human connection through an Internet dating service. Yoshino (Matsushima Hikari), whom he meets online, proves to be a disastrous match. She is a shallow striver seeking a match with someone with better prospects. Her rude behavior leads Yuichi to lose his temper, with deadly consequences.

Next he meets straight-laced store clerk Mitsuyo (Fukatsu Eri), a woman so lonely that she abides Yuichi's initial strange and abusive behavior to her. She sees Yuichi as a wild child with a tender heart. The couple soon grow very close, drawn together by their mutual craving for affection. Their budding love is put to the ultimate test when Yuichi admits to Mitsuyo his dark secret -- that he is the murderer of Yoshino. Watching Fukatsu Eri respond to this information is a stunning piece of acting and seeing what becomes of their relationship makes for very compelling viewing.

Fukatsu Eri's performance is nothing less than thrilling; she bares her soul so openly that the viewer feels that he or she is intruding into very private territory. While his part requires Tsumabuki Satoshi to repress his emotions through most of the film, the subtleties of his work are impressive. Supporting performances by Kiki Kirin as Yuichi's loving grandmother, Emoto Akira as Yoshino's grieving father, and Yo Kimiko in a cameo as Yuichi's mother-from-hell are equally moving. Hisaishi Joe's film score brilliantly frames the movie's drama without ever calling attention to itself.

"Villain" is an instant classic, a film that people will continue to watch a generation or two from now.
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