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Ten Dark Women (1961)

Kuroi jûnin no onna (original title)
A man has a wife and nine girlfriends, all ten of whom are fed up with his shameless polygamy and plot to kill him. However, this is easier said than done.

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Credited cast:
Fujiko Yamamoto ...
Futaba Kaze
Keiko Kishi ...
Ichiko Ishinoshita
Tamao Nakamura ...
Shio Shimura
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Sayoko Goto
Eiji Funakoshi ...
Kaze
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masumi Ariake ...
Yatsuhiro
Jun Hamamura ...
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Hajime Hana ...
Pop Group
Jûzô Itami ...
Hanamaki (as ichizo itami)
Kôichi Itô ...
Haori's man
Yuka Konno ...
Kushiko
Mayumi Kurata ...
Toshiko
Mariko Miyagi ...
Miwako
Kayoko Moriyama ...
Momoko Momose
Chieko Murai
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Kaze is a married TV producer and a shameless philanderer, having nine mistresses all at the same time. All his women have had enough of his indecisiveness and inability to commit, and meet together with a conspiracy to kill him. However, each woman secretly intends to save Kaze, thus ensuring she becomes the only woman in his life. Needless to say, when the time comes for the actual murder, things get unexpectedly complicated. Written by Will Gilbert

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3 May 1961 (Japan)  »

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Kaze: But why do you want to kill me? I just don't understand.
Futaba Kaze: That'S why we want to kill you!
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Dark fun
2 November 2014 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

While not one of the master's great works, Ten Dark Women is well worth watching.

The B&W cinematography is creepy and strikes exactly the right tone. Awkward camera angles are suitably unsettling. The women, especially the main actresses, are lit to near-perfection, and they look great.

The groovy bass-dominated background music, in a classic 60s emblematic style, is simply superb. Where can I find this soundtrack ? Although the premise is outrageous, the story is easily involving enough to suspend disbelief. The dark mood is established from the first shot and never lets go. That said, the final third of TDW tends to the ridiculous and does run out of puff.

One can't help but envy Ichikawa. He got together a fine selection of Japan's loveliest stars, and coaxed from them disturbing and even frightening performances of women so scorned that they manage to plot murderous revenge, despite continuous in-fighting, justifiable mistrust and changing motives.

Ignore the naysayers. For its few faults, TDW is great offbeat entertainment.


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