A Fugitive from the Past
Country - Japan
Once the storyline steps forward in time to ten years after the initial incident, we see a shift in direction as the screenplay evolves into a film-noir style mystery that intriguingly traverses the route of a police procedural drama. Each of the main characters are now grappling with demons from former days - a universal theme that resonates with anyone of a certain age, regardless of what the regrets may be – and the search for truth amidst a clouded past. These themes expand to encompass the morality of humanity and the choices we make that shape our lives forever; creating a deep and involving film with a rewarding payoff and a handful of heart stopping narrative turns along the way.
For a film with a runtime close to three hours, A Fugitive from the Past never outstays its welcome. The intricate storyline is paced to allow the audience time to formulate their own conceptualisations, however, director Tomu Uchida still manages to deliver a revelatory outcome that many will not see coming. Akira Kurosawa is the most infamous of all Japanese directors - and rightly so - but Uchida’s mastery of the medium comes excruciatingly close to matching the finesse of his magnificent work. Alongside Kurosawa’s masterpieces such as Red Beard and High and Low, Uchida’s superb crime thriller deserves to be renowned as one of the crowning achievements of Japanese cinema during the 1960s.
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