Anma to onna (The Masseurs and a Woman) (1938)
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shimizu is a director i'm just starting to explore but so far he displays a charming lyrical touch. the film takes place at a mountain resort and revolves around the interactions of patrons there with a couple of blind masseurs. gently comical with a streak of heartache
Toku(Shin Tokudaiji) and Fuku(Shinichi Himori) make great time hiking along a road, passing quite a few of their fellow travelers, even without their sight, on their way to work as masseurs at a spa. Toku is engaged by Okiku(Hideko Kasuga), from Tokyo, for a session before getting a measure of revenge on a group of students who had the temerity to pass them earlier in the day. "The Masseurs and a Woman" is a sweet, gentle movie. While there may not seem that much going on at first, there is actually just below the surface, including a subplot about a thief that injects a little tension into the proceedings. Best of all, the movie seeks to take apart stereotypes concerning the blind by neatly pointing out that they can take care of themselvwes, both emotionally and physically.
a charming and beautiful film, this movie is a lot like another shimizu film "ornamental hairpin" but it has an added element of wonderfully timed humor. if romero had made this film he might have called it "night of the living blind", as blind massuers comically invade a small mountain town. i loved the story, and despite its short 66 minute running time the film felt complete. great film.
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