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Woman of the Lake (1966)

Onna no mizûmi (original title)
| Drama | April 1970 (USA)
A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple.

Director:

Yoshishige Yoshida (as Kiju Yoshida)

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (novel), Toshirô Ishidô (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Miyako Mizuki
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ... Ginpei Momoi
Tamotsu Hayakawa Tamotsu Hayakawa ... Kitano
Keiko Natsu Keiko Natsu ... Machie
Hiroko Masuda Hiroko Masuda
Aiko Masuda Aiko Masuda
Sakae Umezu
Yukio Tada Yukio Tada
Natsu Setoguchi Natsu Setoguchi
Shin'ichi Matsushima Shin'ichi Matsushima
Mitsuhiko Shibata Mitsuhiko Shibata
Hisanobu Ichikawa Hisanobu Ichikawa
Kazumi Higuchi Kazumi Higuchi
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida ... Yuzo
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Miyako Mizuki ((Mariko Okada), a wife and mother, becomes romantically involved with Kitano, her interior decorator. At first a simple flirtation, the relationship soon develops into a passionate affair with secret meetings in seedy hotels. Miyako permits Kitano to take nude photographs of her as a keepsake. The negatives, however, fall into the hands of Ginpei Momoi, a teacher who has often observed the lovers in a hotel near his school. Obsessed with Miyako, Ginpei informs her that he has the negatives and arranges to meet her. Written by Mat JV

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lake See more »

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Gendai Eigasha See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Captivating
17 March 2009 | by vogonifySee all my reviews

A woman lets her paramour take naked pictures of her which reaches the hands of a stalker. Thus starts Woman of the Lake, a tale in many ways similar to Woman in the Dunes. A story of frustration and desperation, the woman cannot decide whether she wants to face the inevitable moment of truth or push, peddle and hope for a compromise. In the end, the results are all too complicated and it is a surprise if she retains her sanity. Against a backdrop of lonely landscapes, the woman betrays, is betrayed, and a complex series of events lead the film to a strange, but captivating, end. The performances are extremely restrained and lend a great depth to the film.


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