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This Transient Life (1970)

Mujô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 22 March 1971 (USA)
Near a remote Buddhist monastery, a young man falls in love with his sister and gets her pregnant. After a monk finds out, the young man becomes an assistant to a master sculptor, only to proceed to complicate matters with his affairs.

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Akio Jissôji
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michiko Tsukasa Michiko Tsukasa
Ryô Tamura Ryô Tamura
Eiji Okada
Isao Sasaki Isao Sasaki
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai
Eiji Sato Eiji Sato
Kotobuki Hananomoto Kotobuki Hananomoto
Akiji Kobayashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Minori Terada Minori Terada
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Storyline

Set around a remote Buddhist monastery, it features Masao, a young son of a rich merchant who doesn't want to follow his father into business or go to college, preferring to study under a famous Master how to make Kannon statues of the Goddess of Mercy. At the same time, his sister Yuri is struggling to find a potential husband, only for it to explode when their horseplay in masks one day leads to an incestuous consummation that brings disaster to all. They fall in love, she gets pregnant but it's assumed to be someone else's, who she marries. A monk at the monastery knows the truth, and confronts Masao, who goes off instead to the master sculptor to be his assistant, only to then begin another affair with his wife, who in turn seduces her young son who, in horror, blames the whole business on Masao and sets out to kill him. Written by Lament

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Transient Life See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Me, me, me, it's all about me
22 June 2018 | by tonosov-51238See all my reviews

Don't you just love movies where a personification of the director or writer monologues with no opposition for twenty minutes and people for some reason call it "controversial debate"? I sure do. But more than that I like when the plot bends in favor of that borderline self-insert, at the expense of making every single character in the movie seem completely unrealistic, because when everyone around you is an immoral pathetic pervert or a doormat, who only exist to satisfy basic desires your words will sure have more weight, even if the gist of these words is "dude there is no heaven and that means no hell because I said so, that means no one's life but mine matters, if I want something I'll just do it, it's my desire and nothing else matters, since there is no one to judge me in the end, that's why I will bring Sodom wherever I go and this script will in fact let me do just that and that's why I'm right". And that's a good take away from this film.

As you probably have guessed I completely disagree with the nihilistic masturbation presented in this movie, and especially this type of storytelling where the only thing that can respond to a preacher is his echo, not because he's right but because the opposing side of this pseudo-debate just spills spaghetti and in literal terror backs away from him. Other than that, you should in fact watch this film and make your own judgment. The movie has a very good shot composition and it's very interesting to watch. Despite the fact that not much happens if you consider the run time. Although, if you hate the sound of someone raping the violin like I am, lower the volume, there is lot of this in the Tmasturbathis Transient Life.


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