Affairs Within Walls (1965)
A Film by Kôji Wakamatsu
DVD5 Custom | ISO | NTSC 16:9 | Cover | 01:15:30 | 4,00 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps | Subs: English (added)
Genre: Art-house, Thriller, Drama
Filmed in black and white, Secret Acts behind Walls opens with bleak shots of concrete blocks of flats before closing in on a couple in bed, injecting drugs, the woman caressing her lover’s keloid scar, calling him ‘an emblem of Hiroshima, of Japan, an anti-war emblem’. This confrontational opening is followed by a tightly framed study of the oppressive lives led by a number of the block’s residents. The couple are revealed to be disillusioned lovers whose youthful ideals have come to nothing. In the opposite building, a young student is driven mad by sexual frustration while his attractive sister has her first relationship with a man. Obsessions and dissatisfactions heat up slowly, bringing the characters together in a violent denouement.