Award Winning VILLAIN Opens in UK Cinemas August 19th
VILLAIN (悪人, Akunin)
A film by Lee Sang-il (HULA GIRLS)
UK RELEASE DATE: 19 August 2011
Running time: 140 mins
In Japanese with English subtitles
Colour/35mm and Digital release
NOMINATED for 15 Japanese Academy Awards
WINNER of 5 Japanese Academy Awards including:
Best Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor and Music Score
WINNER ‘Best Actress – Eri Fukatsu’ – Montreal Film Festival
WINNER ‘Best Actor – Satoshi Tsumabuki’ – 53rd Blue Ribbon Awards
WINNER ‘Best Japanese Film of 2010’ – Kinema Junpo
With over twenty companies bidding for the film adaptation rights, and many of Japan’s top directors vying for the project, Lee Sang-il’s adaptation of Shuichi Yoshida’s award-winning novel Villain was one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2010. A critical hit at festivals both at home and abroad, VILLAIN swept the board at the Japan Academy Awards, receiving fifteen nominations in thirteen categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Score, and winning awards in all four acting categories. VILLAIN was also selected by the famous Kinema Junpo critics’ organization as best Japanese film of the year.
Directed by Lee Sang-il, whose inspirational and hugely popular HULA GIRLS (2006) won Best Picture at the Japanese Academy Awards, VILLAIN boasts a stellar cast headed by Satoshi Tsumabuki (THE MAGIC HOUR) and Eri Fukatsu (who won the Best Actress award at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival for her stunning performance), with support from Hikari Mitsushima (LOVE EXPOSURE), Kirin Kiki (STILL WALKING), Akira Emoto (APRIL BRIDE), and Masaki Okada (CONFESSIONS). The music is composed by world-renowned Joe Hisaishi, who has scored many films by Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano. VILLAIN will open in cinemas in the UK on August 19th through Third Window Films.
Yuichi Shimizu (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is a construction worker who has lived his entire life in a dreary fishing village. With no girlfriend or friends, he spends his days working and looking after his grandparents, with no enjoyment in life other than his car. Meanwhile, Mitsuyo Magome (Eri Fukatsu) also lives a monotonous life pacing between the men’s clothing store where she works and the apartment where she lives with her sister. When the two lonely souls meet using an online dating site, they immediately fall in love with each other. But there’s a secret Yuichi had been keeping from Mitsuyo: Yuichi is the one suspected of killing the woman whose body was found at Mitsue Pass only a few days before…
As Yuichi and his new lover try to elude the police, the events that led up to the murder and its aftermath are revealed. We learn the stories of the victim, the murderer, and their families – stories of loneliness, love hotels, violence and desperation, exposing the inner lives of men and woman who are not everything they appear to be.
A heart rendering story with electrifying performances from the two leads, VILLAIN works both as a powerful character study and as a gripping thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout.
VILLAIN is based on Shuichi Yoshida’s novel of the same name, which sold over half a million copies in Japan. It has just been translated to English and will be released by Random House publishing on August 18th, 2011 – a day before the theatrical release of the film.