Criterionís edition of Intentions of Murder is currently only available in their Pigs, Pimps, and Prostitutes box set, which contains two other films. Each film gets their own disc and has their own set of supplements. This supplement review and the grade provided only reflect this title in the set, and not the box set as a whole.
The supplements are about the same in nature on all of the discs presenting interviews with director Shohei Imamura and historian Tony Rayns, though Pigs and Battleships presents a longer interview with Imamura, taken from an episode of the French program Cinema de notre temps.
Up first on this disc is a 24-minute interview with Shohei Imamura, conducted by Japanese film critic Tadao Sato. The segment looks to be for Japanese television and Iím guessing it appeared after an airing of Intentions of Murder. Itís similar to an interview on the Insect Woman disc. Here Imamura talks about how the film was somewhat based on a short story, though he made many changes with the biggest being a change of location. They discuss the actors that appear in the film, concentrating most on Masumi Harakuma (and her bigger size.) Thereís also a bit of time devoted to one out-of-left-field comic touch, and then some reflection on Pigs and Battleships. Itís fairly static, with the two just sitting there (and looks to have been edited down) but itís a good interview with the director.
And again we get an interview with Tony Rayns, running about 12-minutes. This one isnít as thorough as the others, but itís decent enough, with Rayns talking about the short story the film is based on and the changes made to it for the film. He compares the main character to the women that appear in some of Imamuraís other films, and then offers some analysis on some of the visuals in the film, such as the dream sequences and the rats that appear. Decent enough though again I actually sort of wish Rayns was able to offer a commentary for all of the films.
And finally we get another booklet, this one featuring an essay by James Quandt, offering a look at Imamuraís technique and the filmís visuals. Like the other booklets found in the set it makes for a good read.
The box set isnít loaded with supplements, each disc only containing a couple, but they all offer some decent analysis of their respective films, and give a nice bit of history on Imamura and his work. 6/10