Ko Nakahira’s influential 1956 debut, Jungle Juvenile (also know as ‘Crazed Fruit‘), not only stands as an innovative marker of Japenese New Wave cinema but also a key text for inspiring Francois Truffaut and early films in the French New Wave.
This later film from Nakahira, follows rampant misogynist Ichiro Honda (played by Noboru Nakaya), who has an insatiable sexual appetite, seeking validation in the absence of his wife who he only ever sees on weekends.
While he is away from Osaka for work, most of his time is spent living a double life in Tokyo, filling his nights with sexual conquests and meticulously recording the details in his ‘hunter’s diary’.
One day, he reads about the murder of a woman in a newspaper and recognises her as one of his previous ‘conquests’. A few days later, another familiar woman dies in mysterious circumstances and a spiraling chain of events ensue.
Suddenly, a string of women from his past start dropping like flies in a calculated killing spree, with Ichiro as the only suspect.
Adapting a novel written by Masako Togawa , who plays the deceived wife, silver screen master Ko Nakahira (Plants from the Dune) directs this stylish suspense drama which we are happy to present in glorious 35mm format.
This film is screening at Tyneside Cinema as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 which you can learn more about here!