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Kon Ichikawa's darkly comic tale of spousal obedience and sexual prowess is also a sly satire on pornography and cinematic voyeurism. Adapted from the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki, the action stems from an ageing husband's hope that his wife's infidelity with a doctor will restore his potency. However, the liaison only sparks a tragic rivalry between his liberated wife and his ultra-traditional daughter. Compromised in its content by contemporary censorship strictures, this is still a daringly subversive picture, which benefits both from the subtly coloured widescreen lensing and the exemplary performance of Machiko Kyo, as the accommodating and unexpectedly accomplished wife.
|Mr Kenmochi||Ganjiro Nakamura|
|Ikuko Kenmochi||Machiko Kyo|
|Toshiko Kenmochi||Junko Kano|
|Dr Soma||Jun Hamamura|
|Dr Kodama||Mantaro Ushio|
|Curio dealer||Kyu Sazanka|