People Whose Work is Necessary Murder (Hissatsu shigotonin, 1972-)

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

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  • Figure 0.3. Itomi Keinan’s famous calligraphy for People Whose Work Is Necessary Murder (Hissatsu shigotonin, 1972) and the scroll painting a friend gave me, evidencing the iterability built into calligraphy. A wedding present, Itomi left out the characters for “necessary murder”; however, the vigorous movement of Itomi’s body during the act of inscription is viscerally palpable and points to the show’s violence.