VILLAIN on UK DVD December 5th
Source: Third Window Films
Official Movie Site: thirdwindowfilms.com/villain (UK)
Special Thanks to Adam Torel
Lee sang-il’s highly acclaimed adaptation of the award-winning novel by Shuichi Yoshida, VILLAIN (悪人, Akunin) comes out on DVD in the United Kingdom this Monday, December 5th from distributor Third Window Films. A North American release has not been announced.
Nominated for 15 Japanese Academy Awards (winner of 5), winner of the Best Actress Prize at the Montreal Film Festival and picked as the ‘Best Japanese Film of 2010’ by the Kinema Junpo organization, VILLAIN is one of the most highly rated and gripping Japanese films of the year.
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.
DVD Release Date: December 5th, 2011
Running Time: 140 Minutes
Number of discs: 1
Region 2, PAL
Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
Original Japanese Audio in 5.1 Surround Sound
Removable English Subtitles
1 hour long ‘Making Of’
Interview with director Lee Sang-il and actor Satoshi Tsumabuki
VILLAIN is now available for pre-order directly from the Third Window Films Amazon Page.
For more information on VILLAIN, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: