Ai no kawaki

Ai no kawaki

Thirst for love

DVD - 2011 | Japanese
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A tense psychological drama about a young woman who is widowed after marrying into a wealthy family and becomes sexually involved with her father-in-law, while harboring a destructive obsession with the family gardener.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, c2011
ISBN: 9781604654721
1604654724
Branch Call Number: Japanese DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Feb 07, 2016

This is a 1967 pshycological drama directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara (蔵原惟繕), based on a 1950 novel (愛の渇き) of the same name by Yukio Mishima (三島由紀夫), who committed suicide in 1970 by harakiri(腹切) or seppuku (切腹)----the death by the Japanese warrior tradition.
He was obsessed by the anachronistic yet traditionally honored death method.
Anyway, his obsession is seen in the film in the sense that Etsuko (Mishima himself) is obsessed by the young gardener.
Mishima was a well-known homosexual.
Superb is the performance of Ruriko Asaoka (浅丘ルリ子) as Etsuko (悦子).

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