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Manji (1964)





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Based on a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki, this tongue-in-cheek melodrama by Japanese director Yasuzo Masumura tells the story of Sonoko (Kyoko Kishida), a housewife who becomes obsessed with another woman. Told in a series of flashbacks as she relates her tale to a novelist, the plot follows her entanglement with the young, beautiful Mitsuko (Ayako Wakao), who she meets at an art school for women. After convincing Mitsuko to pose nude for her they embark on an affair that leads to a number of double crosses and deceptions between the two women, Sonoko's husband (Eiji Funakoshi) and Mitsuko's fiancé (Yusuke Kawazu). ~ Tom Vick, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Ayako Wakao
as Mitsuko
Kyoko Kishida
as Sonoko Kakiuchi
Eiji Funakoshi
as Kotaro Kakiuchi
Yasuke Kawazu
as Eijiro Watanuki
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Critic Reviews for Manji

All Critics (2)

Masumura's marriage of convenience between the demure and the shocking is a classic of modernist cinema.

Full Review… | June 12, 2007

It resembles a sexploitation film but with subliminal religious undertones.

Full Review… | August 20, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Manji

This 1964 Japanese film is about an obsessive lesbian relationship that develops between two art students. The initial love between the women is beautiful, as are the women themselves, and the addition of a lover and a husband makes for some intriguing twists that kept me wanting to see what would happen next. However, much of what does happen next makes very little sense, and it made me realize how underdeveloped and illogical most of the characters actually are. This movie is still interesting from a cultural or historical viewpoint, since it's one of the earliest Asian films to deal with homosexuality in such a straightforward manner, but beyond that I can't strongly recommend it.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

a potentailly moving love story spoiled by a series of betrayels, inexplicable suicide pacts, and an ending that leaves a bad taste in my mouth

brian mann
brian mann

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