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The Masseurs and a Woman (1938)

Anma to onna (original title)
Two blind masseurs travel to a mountain retreat. One of them falls for a visiting lady from Tokyo and investigates a series of thefts.

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Credited cast:
Shotaro Akagi
Shin'ichi Himori ...
Ayuko Hirano ...
Hiking girl
Toru Hirose ...
Hiking student
Zentaro Iijima ...
Kamekichi
Akio Isono ...
Hiking student
Hideko Kasuga ...
Okiku
Toshiaki Konoe ...
Hiking student
Chieko Kyotani ...
Oaki (as Chieko Kyoya)
Fusako Maki ...
Hiking girl
Mitsuko Miura ...
Hiking girl
Hiroshi Mizuhara ...
Hiking student
Masako Nakaido ...
Hiking girl
Ren Niki ...
Head clerk
Tsuneo Osugi ...
Kitaro
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Two blind masseurs Toku and Fuku walk to a mountain retreat to work for the season. The film follows Toku and his interactions with his blind colleagues and various guests from the inns. Toku is attracted to a mysterious single woman, whom he can tell is from Tokyo by her scent. She is intrigued by him, but also makes friends with another visitor from Tokyo who is traveling with his young nephew. The bored nephew, looking for amusement, meets with the woman from Tokyo, as well as with Toku. A rash of thefts at the inns soon after they arrive causes Toku suspect one of these guests. Written by Will Gilbert

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7 July 1938 (Japan)  »

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Remade as My Darling of the Mountains (2008) See more »

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Somewhat interesting but monotone
14 August 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Anma to onna plays out like a stereotypical pre-war Japanese movie. Without excessive drama, action or excitement and more focused on semi- intriguing characters and mundane plots, but with a lot of charm nevertheless. Here are some flaws: first, the main actors may pass as blind men but not really as skilled masseurs. Second, the plot is somewhat neglected and crucial moments are either undertoned or replaced by scenes of little importance. The film is really slow at the start, but progresses a tiny bit by the time the whodunnit half kicks in, and to top it off, the final half an hour or so have beautiful cinematography and shots of nature, with the final three minutes being particularly well-shot. So there, worth watching only if you're into this period of Japanese cinema or if you liked some of the other works by the same director.


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