Mujo (This Passing Life) (This Transient Life)

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The son and daughter of a wealthy Japanese merchant embrace the modern era and turn their backs on the traditions of their elders. The young woman eschews kimonos for miniskirts, and the long haired son ends up sleeping with her when the duo dons traditional religious masks. A Buddhist priest says nothing of her pregnancy when she is married off to the son of a faithful servant. The parents have pegged the servant's son to be the one who seduced their daughter. The son of a noted sculptor tries but fails to kill the incestuous brother and ends up killing himself. The brother goes to work for the sculptor and ends up sleeping with both the sculptor and his wife. Many spiritual and moral questions are raised but none are answered in this strange morality play. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Mujo (This Passing Life) (This Transient Life)

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  • Masao's own personal rejection of good and evil lends him precisely the sort of sublime indifference that is normally associated with, ironically enough, the Buddha whose image Masao obsessively carves, and whose tenets he has long since disavowed.

    September 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "This Transient Life" is a true masterpiece for a number of the reasons I just mentioned, but most of all, because Jissoji managed to combine the pinku film with the experimentally arthouse one in the most meaningful fashion.

    January 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The hyperactive camera makes this a movie that truly moves, something the director intended as an evocation of the titular concept of transience, or the Buddhist belief that everything in this world is fleeting.

    August 2, 2011 | Full Review…

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