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7 July 1938 (Japan) See more »
Two blind masseurs travel to a mountain retreat. One of them falls for a visiting lady from Tokyo and investigates a series of thefts. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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

Shin Saburi ... Shintarô Oomura
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kujira-ya
Kaoru Seki
Mieko Takamine ... Michiho Misawa
Shin Tokudaiji ... Tokuichi Misawa
Jun Yokoyama ... Kenichi Misawa (as Bakudan Kozô)
Munenobu Yui ... Kinzô

Directed by
Hiroshi Shimizu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hiroshi Shimizu  writer

Original Music by
Senji Itô 
Cinematography by
Masao Saito 
Production Design by
Minoru Esaka 
Set Decoration by
Shintarô Mishima 
Jiro Nakamura 
Costume Design by
Tetsuzô Shibata 
Makeup Department
Sueko Endô .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masaru Kashiwabara .... assistant director
Akira Kiyosuke .... assistant director
Nobuo Nishikawa .... assistant director
Hiroshi Ushida .... assistant director
Art Department
Saburo Iwai .... set designer
Sound Department
Kusumoto Arata .... sound recordist
Tsugutoshi Maeda .... sound recordist
Takenori Mori .... sound
Rokusaburô Saitô .... sound effects editor
Takeo Tsuchihashi .... sound (as Takeo Dobashi)
Camera and Electrical Department
Osamu Matsuyama .... assistant photographer
Toshiyasu Morita .... assistant photographer
Takeo Suzuki .... gaffer
Shôji Watanabe .... assistant photographer
Other crew
Hidesaburô Fujioka .... title designer
Fumikazu Miyagishima .... film development
Tarô Sasaki .... film development
Takeo Tajiri .... stage manager

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Also Known As:
"Anma to onna" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:66 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I really liked this one, 14 June 2009
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

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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