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A Woman Called Sada Abe (1975)

Jitsuroku Abe Sada (original title)
A true-life tale of a broken woman whose hedonistic tryst with a high-class restaurateur resulted in a horrific crime of passion that littered Tokyo headlines in 1936.

Director:

Noboru Tanaka

Writer:

Akio Ido
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Credited cast:
Junko Miyashita Junko Miyashita ... Abe Sada
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Kishizô Ishida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Genshû Hanayagi Genshû Hanayagi ... Geisha
Yoshie Kitsuda Yoshie Kitsuda ... Kishizos wife
Ikunosuke Koizumi Ikunosuke Koizumi ... Detective
Nagatoshi Sakamoto Nagatoshi Sakamoto ... Osato
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The daughter of a wealthy merchant, beautiful Sada Abe is banished from her wealthy father's home when he discovers that her virginity was stolen from her in a brutal rape. Subsequently sustaining her existence as a prostitute, Sada soon makes the acquaintance of restaurateur Kichizo who is immediately captivated by her mysterious beauty. As the couple eschews the outside world in favor of a secluded week of sexual bliss, pleasure soon gives way to obsession -- setting into motion a dangerous sequence of events that can only end in tragedy. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Biography | Drama

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At the age of 15 Sada Abe was raped by one of her acquaintances, and even though her parents defended and supported her, she became a difficult teenager. As she became more irresponsible and uncontrollable, her parents sold her to a geisha house in Yokohama in 1922, hoping to find her a place in society with some direction. See more »

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Referenced in Century of Cinema: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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Worth A WAtch, But Not Much More
15 March 2007 | by jmvervilleSee all my reviews

I remember watching half of this and turning it off for whatever reason. It can be kind of stale due to the fact that a lot of this is soft core pornography -- it would be more appropriate to talk about how this actually qualifies as art as opposed to something that would be shown on Cinemax at 2 AM.

The film is very stereotypically Japanese in the sense that it involves a lot of dramatic, well planned shots that are minimalistic, often focusing on the human face or on abstract objects of importance. It was filmed tenderly and with an amount of love, but I feel the direction of cinematography and the direction of the film itself were a little contrived and a little too fast.

Unfortunately, the majority of the film takes place in one set and that slowly wore on my nerves. Having little change of scenery the film becomes quite stuffy at parts.

The film goes on to try to portray the depths of human emotion and sadness, while at the same time maintaining the insanity of its' subject... I found her hard to relate to and the writer or director should have taken a fundamentally different angle being that it just was not working with the mix they were using. It was hard to arouse any sympathy being that the scenes trying redeem her moral character were hardly long enough.

I found myself wanting to know more about Sada Abe and less about the incidences the film surrounded. In that sense, the film really isn't about a woman called Sada Abe -- it should be called 'a crazy thing Sada Abe once did.' However, the film is not all bad... It is certainly shocking in some scenes, and it is certainly worthy of a view if you have an interest in Japanese film. However, it is not worthy of more.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 February 1975 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman Called Sada Abe See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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