a page of madness

film writing by nicholas vroman

Devil’s Path / 凶悪

leave a comment »

250px-The_Devils_Path-p2Director Kazuya Shiraishi’s second feature film outing is a far cry from his debut film, Lost Paradise in Tokyo, a realist whore-with-a-heart-of-gold fantasy. In Devil’s Path, he plumbs the depths of human depravity in dark noir that falls into the territory of James Ellroy. In this story, Fujii (Takayuki Yamada), a young reporter gets a tip from a death row inmate, Sudo (Pierre Taki) of series of grisly crimes committed by him and a his boss, a fellow known as the Teacher (Lily Franky), sometime in their dark past. Fujii, not unlike Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac, gets drawn into an ever-deepening mystery. Shiraishi keeps the tension taught through flashbacks of a sickening world of nihilistic criminality and a bland and forgetful present. Lily Franky, as the Teacher, is on a level with any of the most famous psychopaths in cinema history. Takayuki Yamada downplays his character with a haunting depth. Devil’s Path resolves on a particularly sour note as the mystery is sewn up. An empty and dreadful feeling remains as the credit roll.

Originally published in EL Magazine, September, 2013.

Advertisements

Written by Nicholas Vroman

September 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: