Violence at Noon

Director: Nagisa Oshima
Year Released: 1966
Rating: 1.5

Two women actively defend a serial murderer and rapist by shielding him from the authorities; he's eventually caught and executed and the ladies commit suicide. Such joy! Oshima revels in misogyny and nihilism in this one, and I can't say I found it to be an in-depth look at why some women protect obviously horrible men - it's based on a true story (supposedly), but that isn't enough to provide the narrative with any kind of texture or nuance or insight into human nature. The endless cutting and close-ups only make things uglier.