87 min, b/w, 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles, PG Directed by YOSHIDA
Yoshishige / 吉田喜重 Cast: SADA Keiji, MIKAMI Shinichiro, YOSHIMURA Mari
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second Shochiku assignment turned away from the studio's dominant focus on troubled
youth and generational conflict in order to paint a darker and more despairing
portrait of society in a state of moral collapse. Taking sharp aim at Japan’s
harshly competitive corporate culture, Blood Thirsty follows a hapless salaryman
whose desperate gesture to prevent the mass layoff of his colleagues is ruthlessly
and absurdly exploited by his company for a deeply ironic advertising campaign.
Based on one of Yoshida's original stories, Blood Thirsty is a formally daring
and edgy film whose withering critique of corporate capitalism and the alienation
of the working force remains particularly urgent today.