The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

18 July to 18 July 2016

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter
Inverness

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield
Stirling

Flora on the Sand

砂の上の植物群 (Suna no ue no shokubutsugun)

One evening, at the Marine Tower observatory, cosmetics salesman Ichiro Iki is drawn into conversation with an unfamiliar young lady Akiko. She invites Ichiro back to a hotel where they make love but part without even exchanging names.

A week later, they have a second chance encounter at the observatory. This time, Ichiro is the one who pursues her. Back at the hotel, Akiko begs Ichiro to give her sister – Kyoko, a bar hostess – absolute hell. Akiko resents her sister for lecturing on chastity, while wantonly indulging in promiscuous activity. Ichiro takes an interest in Kyoko and sets out towards her bar…

Directed by Ko Nakahira, this innovative and erotically charged drama based on a novel by Junnosuke Yoshiyuki foreshadows Nikkatsu’s lucrative ‘Roman Porno’ genre, which helped the studio avoid bankruptcy in the 70s.

対談やエッセイの名手としても知られた作家、吉行淳之介のエロティシズムにあふれる長編作品を映画化。化粧品のセールスマン伊木は、仕事帰りに港近くの展望タワーで偶然、明子という女性と出会う。彼女は伊木に、奇妙な頼みごとをする。それは「姉の京子を誘惑し、ひどい目に遭わせてほしい」というものだった。興味をひかれた伊木は、彼女が働いているというバーへ向かうが……。

監督: 中平康
出演: 仲谷昇、島崎雪子、稲野和子

Distributor: Nikkatsu Corporation

Director: Ko Nakahira
Starring: Noboru Nakaya, Kazuko Inano, Mieko Nishio
1964, 95 min, English subtitles

Images: © 1964 Nikkatsu Corporation

Showing at:

ICA
8 February 2017

QUAD
11 February 2017

HOME
15 February 2017

Phoenix
23 February 2017

Showroom Cinema
2 March 2017

Eden Court
11 March 2017

Filmhouse
22 March 2017