Akuto (悪党, Akutō, literally "bad man") is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo starring Kyōko Kishida.[1][2] It is based on a story by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.

Original Japanese film poster.
Directed byKaneto Shindo
Written byKaneto Shindo
Based ona story by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
StarringNobuko Otowa
Kyōko Kishida
Eitaro Ozawa
Music byHikaru Hayashi
CinematographyKiyoshi Kuroda
Edited byHisao Enoki
Release date
  • November 21, 1965 (1965-11-21)
Running time
119 minutes


A bad man ("Akuto") wants to sleep with a woman (Kyōko Kishida). He spies on her with the help of Jiju (Nobuko Otowa). Then the woman's husband Rokuro decides to leave the court. He initially tells his wife to stay behind. The bad guy intends to sleep with the woman but she goes with her husband. Jiju leaves with them. The bad man orders his soldiers to follow them, and kill everyone except the woman. The bad man's soldiers catch up with them. One by one each of them combats the soldiers and dies, until finally only Rokuro is left. He fights bravely but is overwhelmed and finally dies.

A servant of Rokuro (Taiji Tonoyama) kills the wife because she cannot bring herself to commit suicide. Finally Jiju brings the head of the woman back to the court of the bad man. She holds up the head and starts laughing. The severed head smiles.


Role Actor
Moronao Eitaro Ozawa
Jiju Nobuko Otowa
Kyōko Kishida
Sanjonomori Soson Taiji Tonoyama
Rokuro Kentaro Kaji


  1. "作品情報」悪党 - キネマ旬報映画データベース". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03.
  2. Tamaki Hayashi (December 1965). "review of Akuto". Kinema Junpo. Archived from the original on 2009-07-30.
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