Politically-motivated Japanese filmmaker Masao Adachi’s first feature in over three decades tells the tale of an imprisoned terrorist who is forced to confront his ideological convictions head-on after failing in his mission and being subjected to gross treatment while held as a detainee. “M” was one of three terrorists involved in a suicide attack on a high-profile airport. Unfortunately for “M,” his grenade failed to detonate. Immediately captured and thrown in prison, “M” gradually loses his grip on reality as a result of his maltreatment, and begins to question the ideas that drove him to attempt the ultimate sacrifice. Inspired by the true-life story of Japanese Red Army member Kozo Okamoto, who was jailed by Israeli soldiers after perpetrating the 1972 Lod Airport Massacre, Adachi’s film isn’t concerned with the details of the actual event but the manner in which man can be driven to extremes by a blinding belief in political dogma, and the ways in which solitary confinement can draw those beliefs out of the darkness for closer examination.
1.57GB | 1 h 52 min | 849×478 | mkv