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The Masseurs and a Woman (1938)
"Anma to onna" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  7 July 1938 (Japan)
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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Shotaro Akagi
Shin'ichi Himori ...
Fukuinchi Misawa
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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14 June 2009 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

This film reminds me a lot of Jacques Tati's M. Hulot's Holiday. It's an ensemble piece taking place at a spa. The main characters are a group of blind masseurs and, as the title says, a woman, but there are several other characters wandering around the resort. It has a certain gentleness to it that's really quite wonderful, and it's beautifully made. There are a couple of standout sequences, most notably the one where one blind masseuse encounters the woman and notices her by her perfume. But she stays completely silent and watches him while he searches for her. The tone of the film is slightly comic, but in this area it doesn't succeed very well. There are a lot of jokes at the expense of the blind men, which just seems tasteless, even for 1938.


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