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Odd Obsession (1959)

Kagi (original title)
A man getting on in years sets out to find a way to resurrect his flagging virility.

Director:

Kon Ichikawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Machiko Kyô ... Ikuko / Wife
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Kenji / Husband
Junko Kanô Junko Kanô ... Toshiko / daughter
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Dr. Kimura / Toshiko's boyfriend
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Hana / Maid
Ichirô Sugai ... Masseur
Mantarô Ushio Mantarô Ushio ... Dr. Kodama
Kyû Sazanka Kyû Sazanka ... Curio dealer
Mayumi Kurata Mayumi Kurata ... Koike
Hikaru Hoshi Hikaru Hoshi ... Police detective
Saburô Date Saburô Date ... Police detective
Shizuo Chûjô Shizuo Chûjô ... Police detective
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Dr. Sôma
Kôichi Itô Kôichi Itô
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara
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An ageing antique specialist in Kyoto, Japan is losing virility but finds himself excited when he deliberately makes his daughter's boyfriend attracted to his younger beautiful wife. Things begin to spiral as his health declines and the plotted becomes the plotting. Written by animalover-1

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Key See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Kimura: [showing some nude photos to Toshiko] He asked me to develop the film, and I've enlarged what he selected. Don't crumple them... Look: Daring poses, eh? They are reckless.
Toshiko Kenmochi: But why did he ask you?
Kimura: It's only a guess... He wants me to desire her. Then he uses his jealousy as a kind of stimulant to make himself feel young.
Toshiko Kenmochi: Fascinating. So you've become my father's aphrodisiac.
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A real oddity
14 October 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Ganjirô Nakamura is getting older and feels his sexual potency slipping away. He seeks the advice of doctor Tatsuya Nakadai, his daughter's boy friend. Rather than follow his medical advice, he pushes Nakadai towards his own wife since the jealousy makes him feel young and potent. This really odd little film sets up a love quadrangle and ends tragically, as expected, but with none of the consequences being quite what you'd expect. Not among Kon Ichikawa's best, but a real perverse oddity in his catalog.


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