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The Masseurs and a Woman (1938)

Anma to onna (original title)
Two blind masseurs travel to a mountain retreat. One of them falls for a visiting lady from Tokyo and investigates a series of thefts.


Hiroshi Shimizu


Hiroshi Shimizu




Credited cast:
Shotaro Akagi Shotaro Akagi
Shin'ichi Himori ... Fukuinchi Misawa
Ayuko Hirano Ayuko Hirano ... Hiking girl
Toru Hirose Toru Hirose ... Hiking student
Zentaro Iijima Zentaro Iijima ... Kamekichi
Akio Isono Akio Isono ... Hiking student
Hideko Kasuga Hideko Kasuga ... Okiku
Toshiaki Konoe Toshiaki Konoe ... Hiking student
Chieko Kyotani Chieko Kyotani ... Oaki (as Chieko Kyoya)
Fusako Maki Fusako Maki ... Hiking girl
Mitsuko Miura Mitsuko Miura ... Hiking girl
Hiroshi Mizuhara Hiroshi Mizuhara ... Hiking student
Masako Nakaido Masako Nakaido ... Hiking girl
Ren Niki Ren Niki ... Head clerk
Tsuneo Ohsugi Tsuneo Ohsugi ... Kitaro (as Tsuneo Osugi)


Two blind masseurs Toku and Fuku walk to a mountain retreat to work for the season. The film follows Toku and his interactions with his blind colleagues and various guests from the inns. Toku is attracted to a mysterious single woman, whom he can tell is from Tokyo by her scent. She is intrigued by him, but also makes friends with another visitor from Tokyo who is traveling with his young nephew. The bored nephew, looking for amusement, meets with the woman from Tokyo, as well as with Toku. A rash of thefts at the inns soon after they arrive causes Toku suspect one of these guests. Written by Will Gilbert

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One of the sweetest Japanese movie in the '30
6 June 2008 | by feder84See all my reviews

Two blind masseurs, like birds, go to the north on Spring and to the South on Fall. They arrive in a small village on the mountains, where they meet a woman from Tokyo (Edokko) and one of them fall in love with the lady. The masseur is blind, but he understand that she has a mysterious past and he can't understand why she is there. At the Inn there is also a man from Tokyo with a boy about 7 years old, that spend fishing most of the day. After a couple of days the two Edokko feel comfortable to spend together most of the day. This is one of the best Shimuzu Hiroshi's movie and the characters are sweeter here than Ozu and Yamanka's movies. The initial and final sequences are very suggestive: you feel like you are in the movie! greatest experience.

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7 July 1938 (Japan) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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