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Diary of a Mad Old Man (1962)

Fûten Rôjin nikki (original title)
Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying, his libido ... See full summary »

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Keigo Kimura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sô Yamamura ... Tokusuke Rôjin
Ayako Wakao ... Satsuko
Keizô Kawasaki Keizô Kawasaki ... Jyokichi
Chieko Higashiyama ... Hama, Tokusuke's wife
Chieko Murata Chieko Murata ... Tamako
Yatsuko Tan'ami Yatsuko Tan'ami ... Mutsuko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masahiko Shimazu Masahiko Shimazu
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Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying, his libido still rages on - unwittingly sparked by the gentle, kindly attentions of his daughter-in-law Satsuko. He develops an obsession for her feet.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 October 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Mad Old Man See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Black Comedy/Drama
5 October 2017 | by manfromplanetxSee all my reviews

Diary of a Mad Old Man tells a tale it is a journal of a seventy-seven-year-old man Tokusuke Rôjin, a man of refined tastes who is slowly recovering from a debilitating stroke. Tokusuke discovers that, while his body is deteriorating, he still has strong urges, his libido still rages on. Is it any wonder with all the gentle and kindly attentions from his beautiful daughter-in-law Satsuko (Ayako Wakao) a chic woman with a shady past. Old age has left him pathetic and ridiculous but Tokusuke carries on without a trace of self-pity, his diary reflects this state of mind, it is filled with self-effacing good humour. This marvellous bittersweet film examines the relationship between our sexual desire and the will to live, weaving in the hilarious with a touch of poignancy. The film was adapted by director Keigo Kimura from a novel by the famous much filmed, modernist author Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. Fûten Rojin nikki is wonderfully creative and witty, a universal tragicomedy on the fragility of human existence. Highly Recommended especially for fans of Ayako Wakao , another exceptional performance, giving an enchanting, aloof, surprisingly dark satirical performance...


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