The story tells of the adoration of Sasuke for his mistress, the blind Shamisen teacher Shunkin, who treats him imperiously and subjects him to cruel beatings.

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Teru Kamozawa
Tokuko Watanabe ...
Shunkin Mozuya
Jiro Kawarazaki ...
Sasuke Nukui
Daijirô Harada ...
Toshitarô
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Harumatsu
Rokkô Toura ...
Clerk
Daigo Kusano ...
Doctor
Tetsuji Takechi ...
Yasuzaemon Mozuya
Kotoe Hatsui ...
Shige, Yasuzaemon's wife
Daisuke Wakamiya
Kakuko Motoyama ...
Doctor's wife
Masashi Ôki
Yoshinobu Ogawa
Isamu Ôsuga
Haruko Toda
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The story tells of the adoration of Sasuke for his mistress, the blind Shamisen teacher Shunkin, who treats him imperiously and subjects him to cruel beatings.

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Shindo goes avant-garde.
26 August 2015 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Shunkin is a blind master of the shamisen and koto. She torments and tortures her students, including her ever-faithful apprentice/servant/lover, Sasuke. When one of her enemies pours boiling water on her face, scarring her for life, Sasuke takes great measures to ensure he never sees her face again. The story is told by their former maid, in a nursing home, to a researcher, played by the director himself, uncredited. It is one of Shindo's most elegant and avant-garde films -- his works tend to be more grounded and focus on poor people in miserable situations. For various reasons I won't get into here, this is not a film for the uninitiated. This one is for Japanese enthusiasts only. 9/10.


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