When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.
This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »
The landlord of a boarding house in 1923 Tokyo, is keen on spying on the bizarre close encounters taking place beneath his roof. One day he sees a prostitute killing a customer, and decides he's found his soulmate.
Kinichi and Akiko meet when they visit their fathers in prison. After successfully gambling on a bicycle race, they spend an enjoyable day together at the beach. Akiko, who tries to make ... See full summary »
Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpion, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring attack on the ... See full summary »
3 young boys drunkenly rape a woman named Emiko, the wife of a man they've developed a friendship with. She dies of heart failure during the attack.Her chicken farmer husband, incapable of ... See full summary »
Fans of the wonderful Meiko Kaji will not even recognize her as an emotional prostitute who is in love with a penniless merchant. Most fans know Kaji as the quiet, brooding female assassin from the Lady Snowblood series, or the Female Scorpion films. There she barely uttered a word. In this film, she is a delicate, idealistic woman who actually vocalizes her emotions! Kaji really does have range as an actress, and fans of hers should see "Double Suicide of Sonezaki. But some might be disappointed at how melodramatic it is, or with the lack of nudity or eroticism, as director Yasuzo Masumura is known for. Fans of his work such as "Blind Beast" might be dismayed to see that none of the exploitative qualities of those pink films is evident here. It is certainly pretty to look at, however, with a special attention to bright colors..especially of the kaleidescope patterns of the prostitute's kimonos. they are almost hallucinogenic in their colorful splendor. The prostitutes look like exotic flowers! And Meiko Kaji is very beautiful in this film as well. it's hard to take your eyes off her, as another reviewer commented. Filmed with a purposely overly melodramatic style, it feels like theater. and it works for this production. The two lovers are willing to sacrifice anything to be together; even their very lives. This is similar to Oshima's "In the Realm of the Senses" in that way, however the bond of these lovers is not based on animalistic sexuality, but on a more spiritual, and idealized love. Picture "Romeo & Juliet," with Samurai swords and kimonos. Judging by the look of the production, and the aspect ratio it was filmed in, I would guess it was filmed for Japanese television. Worth a look, but you might have to go out of your way to find this obscure film..it's obscure for a reason. It is very Eastern in it's style. Recommended to those looking for something different, and who want to see the iconic Kaji Meiko in a very different kind of role.
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