The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema

3 February to 29 March 2017

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Odd Obsession

鍵 (Kagi)

A winner of the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 1960, Odd Obsession is a darkly comic drama following Kenmochi, an elderly man who attempts to sexually satisfy his captivating, younger wife. Struggling with his virility and a decreased libido, Kenmochi orchestrates an affair between his wife and future son-in-law in order to inflame his jealousy and restore his sexual virility. Kenmochi’s cunning plan however, has tragic consequences.

Legendary filmmaker Kon Ichikawa’s take on Junichiro Tanizaki’s sensual and controversial 1956 novel Kagi (“The Key”) is an absorbing tale of greed and infidelity surrounding a very dysfunctional family, illuminating the ongoing battle between desire and societal convention.

谷崎潤一郎の同名小説を映画化した問題作。日本では成人映画に指定されている。初老の古美術鑑定家、剣持は精力の減退に悩み、若い妻を満足させるため、大学病院で注射を打つなどしている。また、自分の娘の恋人に自分の妻の相手をさせるなどして刺激を求めようとするが、剣持のそんな行動によって、ついに悲劇的な結末を迎えるに至る。1960年カンヌ映画祭審査員賞を受賞。

監督: 市川崑
出演: 京マチ子、中村鴈治郎、叶順子

Distributor: Kadokawa Pictures

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Starring: Machiko Kyo, Ganjiro Nakamura, Junko Kano
1959, 107 min, English subtitles

Images: © 1959 Kadokawa Pictures

Showing at:

ICA
4 February 2017

QUAD
11 February 2017

Eden Court
20 February 2017

Dundee Contemporary Arts
25 February 2017

HOME
1 March 2017

Showroom Cinema
23 March 2017

Filmhouse
29 March 2017