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Fûtarô Yamada (novel)
Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay)
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Release Date:
December 1965 (USA) See more »
After Atsushi commits murder, he is blackmailed into keeping a suitcase full of embezzled money. What follows is a descent into depression and regret. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Katsuo Nakamura ... Atsushi Wakizaka
Mariko Kaga ... Shoko
Yumiko Nogawa ... Hitomi
Masako Yagi ... Shizuko
Toshiko Higuchi ... Mari
Hiroko Shimizu ... Keiko
Shôichi Ozawa ... Hayami
Kei Satô ... Police inspector
Rokkô Toura ... Sakurai
Fumio Watanabe ... Hanawa gang member
Hôsei Komatsu ... Egi
Akiji Kobayashi ... Mari's pimp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Emori
Akira Hamada ... (uncredited)
Mamoru Hirata ... (uncredited)
Naramasa Komatsu ... (uncredited)
Daigo Kusano ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
Writing credits
Fûtarô Yamada (novel "Kan no naka no etsuraku")

Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay)

Produced by
Masayuki Nakajima .... producer
Original Music by
Jôji Yuasa 
Cinematography by
Akira Takada 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
Art Direction by
Yasutarô Kon 
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
Special Effects by
Koshi Hirata .... lightning
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitsuharu Hirata .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"Etsuraku" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:104 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
most eventful movie, 14 January 2009
Author: christopher-underwood from Greenwich - London

Despite the misleading title, unless it is meant to be ironic, this is still an excellent and most eventful movie. Our hero rescues his love object from the almost unbelievable audacity of a rapist returning to blackmail her parents as she prepares to marry another, and longs for her ever more. We get a mysterious bag of money, an appearance by the yakuza, a deaf girl who prefers life on the street to life with him and much nocturnal activities. Unfortunately the 60s colour seems to have faded over the years and, particularly in the night scenes, makes for strained viewing. Even so well worth a view because this is a very well told tale that could only be set in Japan.

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