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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
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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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Somewhat interesting but monotone, 14 August 2014
Author: mevmijaumau from Croatia

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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