Two undercover policeman follow a young man, Hikoya, they believe to be a leader in a radical activist group. The men setup in an apartment across from the young mans, where they observe and attempt to gain information about this activist group. Slowly the men realize that Hikoya is not as involved as they expected, spending most of his time with his two sex partners. Koji Wakamatsu's Season of Terror is a fascinating film that explores many of his typical themes of political activism and eroticism. Hikoya is a man who has grown cold and tired, disgusted by the dissension within revolutionary movements. He instead has turned to sex and pleasure, spending his days lying about, stimulating himself purely with pleasures of the flesh. The cinematography is cold, stagnant beautifully capturing this fractured man's point of view. The compositions themselves are fractured at times, further hitting this point home. Wakamatsu draws parallels between sex, violence and activism, yet in the end It seems to me that he is being extremely critical of the sexual revolution. Honestly, this is the type of film that could have many interpretations, but for me Wakamatsu shows the corruption that the constant pleasures of the flesh can have on an individual, who in Hikoya's case, has lost all his desire to fight for what he believes in. As always for Wakamatsu, this is a fascinating film that engages the viewer, making them think.
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