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Fûten Rôjin nikki (1962)

Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying, his libido ... See full summary »

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Tokusuke Rôjin
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Satsuko
Keizô Kawasaki ...
Jyokichi
Chieko Higashiyama ...
Hama, Tokusuke's wife
Chieko Murata ...
Tamako
Yatsuko Tan'ami ...
Mutsuko
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Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying, his libido still rages on - unwittingly sparked by the gentle, kindly attentions of his daughter-in-law Satsuko. He develops an obsession for her feet.

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20 October 1962 (Japan)  »

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Black Comedy/Drama
5 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Diary of a Mad Old Man tells the tale a journal of a seventy-seven-year-old man Tokusuke Rôjin, a man of refined tastes who is slowly recovering from a debilitating stroke. Tokusuke discovers that, while his body is deteriorating, he still has strong urges, his libido still rages on. Is it any wonder with all the gentle and kindly attentions from his beautiful daughter-in-law Satsuko (Ayako Wakao) a chic woman with a shady past. Old age has left him pathetic and ridiculous but Tokusuke carries on without a trace of self-pity, his diary reflects this state of mind, it is filled with self-effacing good humour. This marvellous film with its depiction of the relationship between eros and the will to live weaves in the hilarious with a touch of poignancy, a creative universal tragicomedy on the fragility of human existence. Highly Recommended especially for fans of Ayako Wakao , she shines as always with her exceptional range, here giving an enchanting, aloof, surprisingly dark comedy performance...


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