A man getting on in years sets out to find a way to resurrect his flagging virility.

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Ikuko Kenmochi
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Kenji Kenmochi
Junko Kanô ...
Toshiko Kenmochi
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Kimura
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Hana
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Masseur
Mantarô Ushio ...
Dr. Kodama
Kyû Sazanka ...
Curio dealer
Mayumi Kurata ...
Koike
Hikaru Hoshi ...
Police detective
Tatsuo Hanabu
Kenji Ôyama
Shôzô Nanbu
Kôichi Itô
Kanji Kawahara
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An ageing antique specialist in Kyoto, Japan is losing virility but finds himself excited when he deliberately makes his daughter's boyfriend attracted to his younger beautiful wife. Things begin to spiral as his health declines and the plotted becomes the plotting. Written by animalover-1

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12 May 1961 (USA)  »

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Kimura: [speaking to the camera] Man's aging is believed to begin at the age of 10. Eyes begin to lose their elasticity at 10. Ears begin to dull at 20. Man's eyesight begins to weaken at 40. His sense of taste becomes blunt at 50. His sense of smell abates at 60. Then, at 70, he loses two-thirds of his physical functions. This theory says a man becomes 12mm shorter every 20 years. This theory may not be conclusive. Yet no one can escape the effects of aging. It is inevitable.
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A real oddity
14 October 2017 | by (Winnipeg, Canada) – See all my reviews

Ganjirô Nakamura is getting older and feels his sexual potency slipping away. He seeks the advice of doctor Tatsuya Nakadai, his daughter's boy friend. Rather than follow his medical advice, he pushes Nakadai towards his own wife since the jealousy makes him feel young and potent. This really odd little film sets up a love quadrangle and ends tragically, as expected, but with none of the consequences being quite what you'd expect. Not among Kon Ichikawa's best, but a real perverse oddity in his catalog.


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