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With Beauty and Sorrow (1965)
"Utsukushisa to kanashimi to" (original title)

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Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko. She got pregnant, but the child was stillborn. Their relation stopped at the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Otoko Ueno
Mariko Kaga ...
Keiko Sakami
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Toshio Ôki
Kei Yamamoto ...
Taichiro Ôki
Misako Watanabe ...
Fumiko Ôki
Haruko Sugimura ...
Otoko's mother
Yoshiko Nakamura ...
Old woman in Arashiyama
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Miko Hirata
Yoshihide Sato
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Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko. She got pregnant, but the child was stillborn. Their relation stopped at the same time. Much later Ôki had become a famous writer, not least because of a novel about this love story. Otoko had become a famous painter. But she had never overcome the double early trauma and had become a Lesbian. Her favourite student and beloved one was the beautiful Keiko. 24 years after the early love Ôki goes from Tokyo to Kyoto to meet Otoko. The meeting is polite with secret emotional shadows. Keiko makes a plan. She intends to seduce Ôki, become pregnant, bear Ôki's child and give it to Otoko. She hopes that Otoko may thereby get rid of her trauma. But she also wants to take her revenge on the man who had harmed her beloved. Secretly she gets acquainted with Ôki's son, invites him to Kyoto and seduces him. Then she calls his parents and tells that he had promised to marry her. Horrified ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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The Obsession
16 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have not read the novel, but this film is a very effective tale about regret, sadness, obsession and coping. Okhi was a married writer who seduced Otoko when she was sixteen, causing her to become pregnant, but miscarry the child. After a period of emotional disturbance, she becomes an artist. Many years later, Okhi turns up in Kyoto to see her, and surprisingly not bitter. However, Otok's 16 year old student Keiko (the beautiful Mariko Kaga)vows revenge on him. You see a kind of connection between Otoko and Keiko, beyond teacher/student. Keiko's obsession with making Okhi pay for what he did to Otoko, even though she wasn't born yet, is the thread of this film. The acting is universally very good, the story is compelling and the film moves methodically to its end. I recommend this for fans of these kind of films, dramas that feature envy, obsession, regret and the possibility of redemption. Its a very compelling tale.


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