A Road Stained Crimson

Film Title:

A Road Stained Crimson


    Sunday 30 September 13:30
    Tuesday 2 October 13:15


110 mins

Director: Tetsuhiko Nono Country: Japan
Writer: Tetsuhiko Nono Original Format: HD
Dir. of Photography: Takuro Iwagami Print Source: Takako Hirayama
Producer: Shinjiro Nishimura, Koji Chiba
Cast: Hirofumi Arai, Jun Murakami, Niinobu Ryomei

World Premiere
Nominated Best International Feature

An enigmatic, stylish shot to the gut debut that mixes the philosophy of garage rock with the techniques of art cinema.
Ken is an easy-going guy living an uneventful existence as a motorcycle repair man until his past as a professional killer comes knocking in the form of Akira. His psychotic former boss  is determined to convince him to return to killing or see Ken take his secrets to his grave. As he finds himself torn between these two lives Ken meets a young boy burning with rage and takes it upon himself to set him upon the path to redemption, as the film settles into the format of a road movie.
Taking on aesthetic influences as broad as Wong Kar-wai and Jean Luc Godard via Easy Rider and spaghetti westerns, writer-director Tetsuhiko Nono's debut feature is a maelstrom of cinephilic references and slow burn, enigmatic intensity. The film bristles with mystery, not least in the cryptic circumstances surrounding Ken's father's death or the nature of his relationship with Yoko, the older woman who runs the repair shop with him. Nono takes delight in emphasising these enigmas through elliptical editing and philosophical digressions, constantly playing with the audience's expectations as he works towards the film's triumphantly bombastic conclusion. The whole thing is buoyed up by an intense soundtrack by Japanese rockers Snake on the Beach.
Dean Bowman

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