Minagoroshi no Reika (1968, JAP) B&W-90m. SCOPE *** D: Tai Kato. Starring Chieko Baisho, Yuki Kawamura, Sanae Nakahara, Ran Fan O, Makoto Satô. Five women become the target of a killer, but the motive or reason is more than obscure. It may have something to do with the suicide of a delivery boy. Difficult to watch and not really enjoyable (also due to slow pace and labored plotting), but psycho drama has a way of creeping up to you and has some powerful moments towards the end. Fine black-and-white cinematography and good score make this worthwhile for buffs. Also known as I, THE EXECUTIONER, and GOSPEL FOR GENOCIDE.

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