Village of Doom (1983)

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AKA: Ushimitsu No Mura
Directed by: Noboru Tanaka
Starring: Masato Furuoya (Tsugio), Izumi Hara (Grandmother), Misako Tanaka (Yasuyo), Kumiko Ohba (Kazuko)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:45:41
Genres: Based on a True Story, Revenge, Mass Killings

Plot – Spoilers:
In WW2 Japan, a young man Tsugio who lives with his old grandmother dreams of serving in the army, as he watches batches of men from his village leave for the war. The villagers though don’t take him too seriously and indulgently mock him for his academic bent and poor physical health.

Tsugio and his cousin like each other but he isn’t too keen on a relationship with her in a village that’s already teeming with inbred folk. A couple of women whose husbands are away seduce him to sort of tease him, but Tsugio begins to take their attention seriously. Things soon start to fall apart when he’s rejected by the army after being diagnosed with tuberculosis, and the women too start avoiding him for fear of contracting the incurable disease. Then his cousin gets married off as does another woman whom he loved and Tsugio finally snaps. Left with nothing to look forward to, he toggles his mass-shooter mode to wreak havoc on everyone.

Village of Doom is based on a true story (the Tsuyama massacre) and is eerily reminiscent of modern mass shootings, especially the scenes where people are shot while illuminated by Tsugio’s bodycam-type flashlights.

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