MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,574 this week

Odd Obsession (1959)
"Kagi" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  12 May 1961 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 382 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 7 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 25 Oct 2010
 
a list of 7566 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 20 Dec 2011
 
a list of 8374 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 1127 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Odd Obsession" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Odd Obsession (1959)

Odd Obsession (1959) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Odd Obsession.
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi
The Heart (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Masayuki Mori, Michiyo Aratama, Tatsuya Mihashi
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Tatsuya Mihashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies. Sometimes he focuses on spectators, as athletes pass in a blur; sometimes he isolates a competitor; ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Abebe Bikila, Jack Douglas, Hirohito
The Key (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A husband and wife lock their diaries in a drawer and also know that they read each other's entries, a device which takes them from one sexual encounter to another.

Director: Tinto Brass
Stars: Frank Finlay, Stefania Sandrelli, Franco Branciaroli
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The trials, tribulations, and joys of raising a child. The film follows the everyday events of a family with one boy, coming up to his second birthday, interspersed with occasional thoughts... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Hiro Suzuki, Eiji Funakoshi, Fujiko Yamamoto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Set in 1938 Berlin, Louise Von Hollendorf is the wife of a young Nazi diplomat who meets and falls in love with a certain Mitsuko Matsugae, an artist and the daughter of the Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Gudrun Landgrebe, Kevin McNally, Mio Takaki
Conflagration (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ganjirô Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Keiko Kishi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Legendary Japanese director Ichikawa Kons 1976 film The Inugami Family, holds a very special place in Japans long tradition of supernatural suspense... See full synopsis »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Yôko Shimada, Teruhiko Aoi
The Outcast (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Hiroyuki Nagato
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Machiko Kyô ...
Ikuko Kenmochi
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Kenji Kenmochi
Junko Kanô ...
Toshiko Kenmochi
...
Kimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saburô Date
Jun Hamamura ...
Dr. Soma
Tatsuo Hanabu
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Hana
Kôshi Kosugi
Mayumi Kurata ...
Koike
Nobuo Minamitaka
Shôzô Nanbu
Masatoki Sasaki
Kyû Sazanka ...
Curio dealer
Ichirô Sugai ...
Masseur
Edit

Storyline

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

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Key  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Kagi (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Well directed, visual.. but with lousy end
20 June 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Personally I was disappointed to this since I expected so much from it since I've read the book by Junichiro Tanizaki, which was very unique and great. The characters are seen too dark and sick way in this movie, and viewer can't really emphatize much with them. This alone, makes it fight against the very idea of the original masterpiece of Tanizaki. In addition, the characters are different than described in the book. Especially Kenji's wife Ikuko is much younger than in the book, which steers the movie already out from the right path. In addition, Kimura's character is seen too selfish. Also, the refer to key, which "kagi" means, is somewhat superficial and synthetic. The original book was written through the couple's diaries which offered much more depth to the characters, and allowed person to get inside their heads. The movie tries just shock people, which it really does. Another surprising thing is that the movie was rated K16 here in Finland. May I ask why?? The strong visual content instead makes this movie work, and was the reason why I bothered myself to rate this here in IMDB. It's really well made, and the visual cutting brings up emotions very efficiently. In today's movie, this wouldn't work, but when we think that this was made in '59 it's somewhat interesting. Also, actors do proper job. For all those who have read the book, you might be disappointed to this movie. Others, I can recommend with reservation.


13 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
is this out on dvd anywhere? laura-magnus
Odd, yes elliotjames2
Discuss Odd Obsession (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?