Unholy Desire

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Unholy Desire / Intentions of Murder
Unholy Desire 1964.jpg
DVD cover to Unholy Desire (1964)
Directed byShohei Imamura
Produced byMasayuki Takagi
Written byShinji Fujiwara (story)
Keiji Hasebe
Shohei Imamura
StarringMasumi Harukawa
Kō Nishimura
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Yūko Kusunoki
Ranko Akagi
Music byToshirō Mayuzumi
CinematographyShinsaku Himeda (as Masahisa Himeda)
Edited byMatsuo Tanji
Distributed byNikkatsu Corporation, Toho Company Ltd. (USA)
Release date
  • 28 June 1964 (1964-06-28) (Japan)
Running time
150 min.

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]

  • Unholy Desire on IMDb
  • Intentions of Murder. film review at midnighteye.com
  • "赤い殺意 (Akai Satsui)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
  • Intentions of Murder: Eros and Civilization an essay by James Quandt at the Criterion Collection