CATERPILLAR (2009 JAPAN) D/P: KOJI WAKAMATSU W: HISAKO KUROSAWA/"DERU DEGUCHI" (MASAO ADACHI)
A Japanese soldier returns from fighting in WWII a quadroplegic war hero (the FX are remarkable). Shinobu Terajima is his devastated wife who has to care for him (including sex), and parades him around the village (decorated in his uniform with medals) in a wooden cart. But we soon discover that he was an abusive husband before he went away, and that was nothing compared to his war crimes (seen in flashbacks). Although it`s uncredited, this is clearly a riff on a famous Edogawa Rampo short story, but setting aside the writer`s erotic-grotesque style and dealing with more typically Wakamatsu themes of military abuse, imperialism and sexual politics. It`s also typically slow-moving and heavy-handed, but is better than many of Wakamatsu`s more celebrated (read: overrated) works, and i did get something out of it. But not as much as the undervalued JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, for example. With famous artist and sculptor Katsuyuki Shinohara as the town simpleton. For an excellent adaptation of the story in true Rampo style, check out Hisyasu Sato`s segment of the RAMPO JIGOKU anthology.

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