Iwao Enokizu was one of the most cruel serial killers ever lived.
He has killed a lot of people with no reason in several places of Japan.
No one ever understood his motivations but the great director Shôhei Imamura find out the way to visualize the whole story of his crimes.
Ken Ogata gives an impressive performance and the movie as a whole is utterly brilliant.
As a child, Iwao used to be a rebel against society. So he will spend some years in prison for different penalties and he will start the killings in search of his esoteric ego as pretending to be a fake businessman or lawyer at individuals while cheating and stealing money from them. The story is really dark and the characters are so realistic. Their passions and need for something great in their lives is the accomplishment of this great directing. Love, hate, betrayals, are all mixed up.
Iwao has no feelings at all even when he will face his death penalty while his father and his wife try to enclosure their secret in their hearts. Great cinema!