Unholy Desire

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Unholy Desire / Intentions of Murder
Unholy Desire 1964.jpg
DVD cover to Unholy Desire (1964)
Directed by Shohei Imamura
Produced by Masayuki Takagi
Written by Shinji Fujiwara (story)
Keiji Hasebe
Shohei Imamura
Starring Masumi Harukawa
Kō Nishimura
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Yūko Kusunoki
Ranko Akagi
Music by Toshirō Mayuzumi
Cinematography Shinsaku Himeda (as Masahisa Himeda)
Edited by Matsuo Tanji
Distributed by Nikkatsu Corporation, Toho Company Ltd. (USA)
Release date
  • 28 June 1964 (1964-06-28) (Japan)
Running time
150 min.
Language Japanese

Unholy Desire or Intentions of Murder (赤い殺意, Akai Satsui, literally "Red Murderous Intent") is a 1964 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura. This film embodies many of the central interests in Imamura's career including strong, lower-class women who survive in spite of their oppressive surroundings, and an earthy, humorous approach to sex.


The film tells the story of a dull, plump housewife living in poverty with a common-law husband. After being raped by a thief, she is repeatedly accosted by him as he falls madly in love with her. Stuck between her adulterous, unloving husband and the rapist she struggles to find happiness.


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External links[edit]

  • Akai Satsui on IMDb
  • Intentions of Murder on the Criterion Collection website
  • Intentions of Murder. film review at midnighteye.com
  • "赤い殺意 (Akai Satsui)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-17.