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Hiroshi Shimizu (writer)
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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
Takeo Dobashi .... sound
Tsugutoshi Maeda .... sound recordist
Takenori Mori .... sound
Rokusaburô Saitô .... sound effects editor
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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Very Good Film, 4 April 2009
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

Director Shimizu's film is fairly unique, about a group of blind masseurs who go to work at a retreat in the mountains to ply their trade. Once there, one particular one named Toku massages a young woman from Tokyo (her name is never mentioned) who seems to be escaping or hiding something. He is very interested in her, as is a young man who brought his nephew to the retreat. a few things happen, but this film is not about action its about infatuation, trust and loneliness. What I find fascinating about this film is the emphasis on the characters, specifically the blind men. You see how aware they are of their surroundings, how they react to things and how they make their choices. The film is meant to play at a slow pace, so don't expect action. The film is about 66 minutes long, but I was waiting for the next scene to see what happens. Through use of multiple fade outs, you see how the scenes become a new situation in which to focus on. I have seen this director's "Ornamental Hairpin", which is also on the Janus films collection released domestically. I highly recommend it, because this is a director forgotten in the brilliance of Kurasawa, Ozu, Naruse, Mizoguchi, Kinoshita etc. If you like Japanese films from the past, you owe it to yourself to watch Shimizu. I really liked this slow moving but compelling film.

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