19 May 2019 | bkmontgomery-83862
An endlessly disappointing film from a great director.
This movie, which borrows the basic scenario from an obscure 1930's film staring Edward G Robinson. It attempts to be a screwball comedy, a noir, a will-they-won't-they romance and a drama. It fails to be satisfying in any of those categories.
The majority of the first hour left me bored, which is the worst sin in cinema. The movie picked up towards the end and became more enjoyable.
Would I judge this movie more lightly if it was by a lesser director? Probably, but I still wouldn't enjoy it. If you haven't seen an Imamura flick, check out The Pigs and Battleships instead.