Celebrated Cannes Award-winning director Shinji Aoyama revisits Kurosawas Stray Dog in one of his greatest masterpieces, An Obsession. Like Kurosawa, he weaves his plot around a detective whose stolen gun is used for murder, but from there on in, the two works part company. In Aoyamas world, obsession is the common condition of man, and for his purposes here, it takes the form of a workaholic detective Saga and a homicidal leukemia patient Shimano. Each is driven down the road to destruction, a path on which Aoyama explores the dark night of the human soul. Along the way, Saga is forced to endure the rewards of his own obsessive dehumanized behavior.
"...IT SHOWS ONCE AGAIN THAT AOYAMA IS A REMARKABLY SUBTLE DIRECTOR WITH A SHOCKINGLY WIDE RANGE OF SKILLS." -- TWITCHFILM.NET
"AOYAMA IS A MASTER OF PORTRAYING PEOPLE WITH THEIR FAULTS AND DIFFERENCES... FIRST RATE MOVIE." -- EMVG.NET
"PULSATING... PROVOCATIVE... PASSIONATE... MUST BE SEEN TWICE TO GRASP IT ALL... AOYAMA MUST BE RECKONED WITH." -- HANSHI.COM
"RYO ISHIBASHI DELIVERS ANOTHER PERFORMANCE OF SIMMERING PATHOS... A WONDERFUL MEDITATION ON MORALITY AND LOVE." -- HORRORVIEW.COM