Oil Hell Murder

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"In a neighborhood dedicated to the production and sale of oil, appears the mutilated body of a woman ..."
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.5  (203)

Oil Hell Murder is a Japanese thriller movie that was released in 1992, directed by Teruo Ishii. The movie explores the issues of environmental destruction and corruption within corporations through a twisted and suspenseful storyline. The movie tells the story of Hiroshi (Shin'ichi Tsutsumi), a young journalist who decides to investigate a large oil corporation called Tosei. While investigating the company, he uncovers evidence of corrupt practices and ecological devastation caused by the oil drilling operations in the area. Soon after his investigation, Hiroshi is found dead, and his girlfriend Yoko (Miwako Fujitani) becomes the prime suspect.

As the investigation progresses, the police discover that Yoko is not the only person associated with Hiroshi who has died under mysterious circumstances. They soon discover a set of clues pointing towards a corporate cover-up and a conspiracy to silence anyone who opposes Tosei's operations.

Kanako Higuchi plays the role of an activist named Ritsuko, who is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. As she gets closer to uncovering the truth, she finds herself in grave danger and must use all her wits to stay alive.

The movie's setting is in the city of Tokyo, but it highlights the destructive and corrupt practices of corporations that can have a significant impact on the environment and the people living in the areas of their operations. The themes of environmental degradation, corporate greed, and political corruption are all intertwined in the movie, making it a thought-provoking thriller and a political commentary.

The movie's cinematography and soundtrack are excellent in creating an atmospheric and suspenseful ambiance throughout the film. The use of dark lighting and gritty camera work intensifies the thrilling and often disturbing sequences of events in the movie.

The performances by the movie's cast are exceptional, especially Kanako Higuchi, who portrays Ritsuko's character with conviction and intensity. She brings in a sense of realism and authenticity to the character of Ritsuko that allows viewers to connect with and empathize with her plight.

The film's pacing is well balanced, allowing viewers to follow the complex storyline with ease. The use of flashbacks and non-linear storytelling keeps viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end, wondering what will happen next.

Overall, Oil Hell Murder is a brilliant thriller movie that tackles critical social issues and delivers a gripping and suspenseful storyline. The movie's excellent performances, cinematography, and soundtrack combine to make it a must-watch for fans of the thriller genre.

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    1 hr 55 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (203)