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Original Japanese film poster.
Directed by Kaneto Shindo
Written by Kaneto Shindo
Based on a story by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Starring Kyoko Kishida
Cinematography Kiyoshi Kuroda
Release dates
  • November 21, 1965 (1965-11-21)
Running time 119 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Akuto (悪党 Akutō?, literally "bad man") is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo starring Kyoko Kishida.[1][2] It is based on a story by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.


A bad man ("Akuto") wants to sleep with a woman (Kyoko Kishida). He spies on her with the help of Jiju (Nobuko Otowa). Then the woman's husband Rokuro decides to leave the court. He initially tells his wife to stay behind. The bad guy intends to sleep with the woman but she goes with her husband. Jiju leaves with them. The bad man orders his soldiers to follow them, and kill everyone except the woman. The bad man's soldiers catch up with them. One by one each of them combats the soldiers and dies, until finally only Rokuro is left. He fights bravely but is overwhelmed and finally dies.

A servant of Rokuro (Taiji Tonoyama) kills the wife because she cannot bring herself to commit suicide. Finally Jiju brings the head of the woman back to the court of the bad man. She holds up the head and starts laughing. The decapitated head smiles.


Role Actor
Moronao Eitaro Ozawa
Jiju Nobuko Otowa
Kyoko Kishida
Sanjonomori Soson Taiji Tonoyama
Rokuro Kentaro Kaji


  1. ^ "作品情報」悪党 - キネマ旬報映画データベース". 
  2. ^ Tamaki Hayashi (Final third of December 1965). "review of Akuto". Kinema Junpo. 

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