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Showa onnamichi: Rashomon (1972)

A nobleman with a barren wife finds a mistress who is fertile and able to give him the heir he desperately wants. When his mistress gives birth to twins (a boy and a girl). The nobleman ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hitomi Kozue ... Shino Toda / Kyoko
Eimei Esumi ... Sadanosuke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Chô ... Jitsuma Katsuragawa
Moeko Ezawa ... Ayako Katsuragawa
Kaoru Hazuki ... Kikue
Kôichi Hori ... Actor
Jôji Sawada ... Hiroyoshi Katsuragawa
Setsuko Ôyama ... Geisha Girl
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A nobleman with a barren wife finds a mistress who is fertile and able to give him the heir he desperately wants. When his mistress gives birth to twins (a boy and a girl). The nobleman orders his bodyguard to kill his mistress and her infant daughter. The bodyguard is unable to bring himself to commit murder and he helps the nobleman's mistress and her infant daughter find a new life. Flash forward nineteen years, the daughter the nobleman never wanted and thought was dead re-emerges and falls in love with the nobleman's son (her brother). Written by lament

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4 July 1973 (Japan)  »

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Naked Rashomon  »

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there are some powerful scenes
18 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting something a little more succinct and assured than this over ambitious and rambling piece. Mr Sone contributed two great films in the Angel Guts series, plus the earlier, much liked, Hellish Love but it seems the director is not consistent and over the years has preferred to vary his style. Fair enough but, for me, this was a hard to follow tale, involving war and politics and particularly large splodges of fog over the flesh in the many sex scenes. Eventually the tale makes sense and there are some powerful scenes including a violent stabbing and a harsh whipping, but it is a struggle at times to figure who is who with the time differences and large cast. Hitome Kozue is excellent in the duel role as mother and daughter, even if this does add to the confusion at first, and overall this is probably worth another look sometime.


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