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Odd Obsession

Odd Obsession

Odd Obsession

1959 / 107min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: KON ICHIKAWA

CAST: MACHIKO KYô, GANJIRô NAKAMURA, JUNKO KANô, TATSUYA NAKADAI

Ichikawa’s perverse, drily comic drama of public prestige and private prurience based on novelist Junichirō Tanizaki’s The Key stars Kyō as the young wife of a middle-aged man who, as he is consumed by the suspicion that his spouse is interested in his daughter’s dashing fiancé, discovers that jealousy is a powerful aphrodisiac, renewing his flagging desire in a manner which medical injections have thus failed to do. Shot in muted color and bathed in stark shadows by the mighty Miyagawa, it took the Jury Prize at Cannes in 1960.

Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation
Odd Obsession screens in Machiko Kyō