Sada (1998)
"Sada: Gesaku · Abe Sada no shôgai" (original title)

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The film follows the life of Sada Abe, who became a celebrity in 1936 after strangling her lover and slicing off his penis.



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Credited cast:
Hitomi Kuroki ...
Tsurutarô Kataoka ...
Tatsuzo Kikumoto
Norihei Miki ...
Takuzo Abe
Kippei Shîna ...
Masaru Okada
Toshie Negishi ...
Yoshi Kikumoto
Bengaru ...
Sanosuke Tachibana
Renji Ishibashi ...
Kyûsaku Shimada ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emiko Azuma
Yasufumi Hayashi ...
Young Soldier
Hisashi Igawa ...
Mansaku Ikeuchi ...
Toshihiko Saito
Wakaba Irie ...
Kôen Okumura ...
Tofu guy


Based upon the case of Sada Abe, who on May 17 1936 killed and emasculated her lover. These events took place during a period of war, economic depression, public unease and growing militarism, a time of unrest and confusion when public opinion was, at best, unpredictable. Sada, condemned by the law, found herself lionized by the press and hailed as a 'saint' of love. Because she committed murder out of passion, the purity of her motivation elevated her from the status of criminal to that of popular heroine. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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A true story of sexual obsession.


Biography | Drama





Release Date:

11 April 1998 (Japan)  »

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SGD 22,100 (Singapore) (10 September 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Interesting Take on An Erotic Story
7 December 1999 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

This story comes from the same incident depicted in "In the Realm of the Senses". The latter is more erotic and goes into more detail on Sada's relationship with her lover. However this film shows us more of what caused Sada to go mad and doesn't even show the penis-slicing event.

This is a quirky film, but has a VERY unique style -- mixes black & white and color stock in an interesting way, and mixes elements of humor and drama in a way that makes it somewhat hard to follow at times.

It is definitely worth seeing at least once -- especially if you have seen "In the Realm of the Senses" and want to get a different point of view on this story.

My only regret is that I can't find a place to rent it or see it again!

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