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Manji (1964)

Cast: Ayako Wakao, Ayako Wakao, Kyoko Kishida, more...
Director: Yasuzo Masumura, Yasuzo Masumura
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Studio: Fantoma
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Japan
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Based on a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki, this tongue-in-cheek melodrama by Japanese director Yasuzo Masumura tells the story of Sonoko (Kyoko Kishida), a housewife who becomes obsessed with another woman. Told in a series of flashbacks as she relates her tale to a novelist, the plot follows her entanglement with the young, beautiful Mitsuko (Ayako Wakao), who she meets at an art school for women. After convincing Mitsuko to pose nude for her they embark on an affair that leads to a number of double crosses and deceptions between the two women, Sonoko's husband (Eiji Funakoshi) and Mitsuko's fiancÚ (Yusuke Kawazu). ~ Tom Vick, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Yasuzo Masumura Biography and Filmography
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GreenCine Member Reviews

Manji (1964) by SGenzel October 14, 2007 - 3:02 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Manji (1964) rarely rises above a soap opera melodrama. Unlike psychological thrillers such as La Diabolique(1955, Heri-George Clouzot), the lesbian subtext is introduced too abruptly. Sonokos (Kyoko Kishida) is a married housewife obsessed with a beautiful Mitsuko (Ayako Wakao.) Sonokos begins an affair with her shortly after viewing Mitsuko nude. Yet, the lovers bliss is short lived. Sonokos entanglement with Mitsuko leads to a series of double-crosses, betrayal and deceptions. Kyoko Kishida (Sonokos) performance is both convincing and heartbreaking to watch.

Nocore? by joanella September 17, 2005 - 4:13 PM PDT
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Good god. The plot of a softcore porno, but in fact more "nocore" than even soft. Jeez.

it gets there by rarcher October 21, 2003 - 7:56 AM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
the first hour or so seemed a little ridiculous and melodramatic
the infatuation seems almost too juvenile to believe
but towards the end the manipulation and betrayal just gets so fantastic that it makes up for what went before

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