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Swastika (1964)

Manji (original title)
| Drama, Romance | 1968 (USA)
A childless housewife falls in love with a beautiful model.

Director:

Yasuzô Masumura
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ayako Wakao ... Mitsuko Tokumitsu
Kyôko Kishida ... Sonoko Kakiuchi
Eiji Funakoshi ... Kôtarô Kakiuchi
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Eijirô Watanuki
Kyû Sazanka Kyû Sazanka ... Principal
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda ... Novelist
Yûzô Hayakawa Yûzô Hayakawa
Fumiko Murata Fumiko Murata ... Ume, Tokumitsu's maid
Reiko Hibiki Reiko Hibiki ... Haru, Izutsuya's maid
Kyoko Nagumo Kyoko Nagumo ... Kiyo, Kakiuchi's maid
Kuniko Tomita Kuniko Tomita
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Sonoko, a bored housewife entering middle age, met a young girl, Mitsuko, at a private school of art. Sonoko paints a portrait of her, and when she invite Mitsuko at her house, the two end up locked in a passionate embrace. Unable to think rationally about what she wants, Sonoko becomes steadily more obsessed with her new lover. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>, corrections by _Benares_

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swastika See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Complex characters, thoughtful examination
25 August 2005 | by Jerry-KurjianSee all my reviews

'Manji' is a film worth seeing. Written by Kaneto Shindô (of 'Onibaba' fame) and based on a novel by Tanizaki (of 'Some Prefer Nettles' fame), the story chronicles the decent/ascent of the unhappily married woman, Sonoko, into an obsessive/liberating relationship with another woman, Mitsuko, associated throughout the film with the goddess of mercy. While all of the main characters' emotions run high, placing 'Manji' firmly in the genre of melodrama, the emotional intensity is always tempered with an element of sly humor. Both Sonoko and Mitsuko have complex motivations, and each is keenly aware of the machinations of the other, ensuring that the story is about passion, weakness, and love, and not about unexamined emotions and victimization.


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