Mary Poppins Returns
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Ichikawa's more straightforward narrative method doesn't do justice to all the ironies, but this is a still a singular and memorable movie.
One of his most striking films.
The film cannily shifts through different points of view.
The point is made early; the rest is perversity without passion.
Odd Obsession won a film festival award a few years back, but just why isn't apparent. The movie displays a cold-blooded fascination with the erotic in its study of an aging man and his search for restored virility.
Never fully aroused me.
Even more striking than the film's flagrant sexuality and its disconcerting, absurdly comic twists is Kon Ichikawa's stylistic flair -- his use of freeze-frames, distancing insert shots, and unrealistic color.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Odd Obsession," Kenji Kenmochi(Ganjiro Nakamura) is worried about not being able to please his younger wife, Ikuko(Machiko Kyo), sexually anymore, now that he is getting older. One possible solution he has is to use Dr. Kimura(Tatsuya Nakadai) as a focus for his jealousy. Complicating matters is that Dr. Kimura is treating Kenji, while trying to keep it secret from his wife, so as not to worry her. Complicating matters even further, is that Kimura is hoping to marry Toshiko(Junko Kano), his grown daughter...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Kon Ichikawa, "Odd Obsession" is a perversely satisfying morality tale. As with any movie of this subgenre, there is a line that is crossed, in this case it involves desire. While it is not wrong for Kenji to want to satisfy his wife, he also has to remember that growing old is a natural part of life and it is best to do so gracefully. Remember that this movie was made long before the invention of Viagra but practically foresees one of the more popular uses of the internet.[/font]
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