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Kagi (1997)

Ikuko is a mature, reserved Kyoto woman married for many years to a respectable, now-middle-aged man. The only problem in their relationship has been that her husband is dissatisfied with ... See full summary »


Toshiharu Ikeda


Akane Shiratori (screenplay), Jun'ichirô Tanizaki (novel)
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Credited cast:
Naomi Kawashima Naomi Kawashima ... Ikuko / Wife
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Soichiro / Husband
Mikio Ohsawa Mikio Ohsawa ... Kimura / Assistant Doctor
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Kyoko Yamaguchi Kyoko Yamaguchi ... Nurse
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Kaori Tsuji Kaori Tsuji


Ikuko is a mature, reserved Kyoto woman married for many years to a respectable, now-middle-aged man. The only problem in their relationship has been that her husband is dissatisfied with her lack of passion during lovemaking. All this changes after they meet the young Mr. Kimura. After the three spend the evening drinking together and Kimura has gone home, Ikuko's husband discovers that his wife, in her alcohol-induced haze, has become far more passionate than she ever was before. The one drawback, however, is that her ardor is clearly fueled by Kimura, and not by him. Though he decides that his wife's new- found passion is worth this unusual price, the long-term consequences may be more than he bargained for. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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18 October 1997 (Japan) See more »

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27 August 2001 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

..... but with a few differences. For instance, nearly everything is done with the full knowledge of all the other characters, though not always with them knowing. The husband and wife read each other's diaries, the husband allows Kimura to take Ikuko out, Kimura beds and proposes to the older man's daughter in order to spend more time with Ikuko.

I was quite impressed. Although the pace is generally quite slow, there is a lot happening here, to which the above descrip and plot summary only partly allude to. Emoto Akira as the elder photographer gives a terrific performance, and both Naomi K and the younger girl are very sexy (both do nude scenes, Naomi appearing briefly full frontal).

I found it a little difficult to find a suitable genre label, but I think the most suitable description is black comedy. Kimura at first jokingly discusses killing off the husband and at first Ikuko resists the temptation to actually do the act with him (she calls out his name during sex with her husband instead, which the husband encourages).

Overall, if not quite a great film, it is compelling, edgy and at times very funny.

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