Archive of films All Mixed Up / Manji

1964, 90 min

Section: Tribute to Yasuzô Masumura
Year: 2023


Incredibly daring and ahead of its time, the first of Masumura's three adaptations of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s stories is an explicit lesbian-themed drama that had no parallel either in Hollywood or in much of the wider world at the time. Kyōko Kishida is the childless, unhappy wife Sonoko, who falls under the spell of the beguiling art pupil Mitsuko (Masumura’s muse Ayako Wakao), much to the chagrin of the former’s husband and the latter’s fiancé and secret lover. Part chic erotica, part study of the conflict of blinding desire and domesticity, Masumura conjures up this sensationalistic tale in warm colors, lending the story a deceptive sheen reflective of a time and place governed by appearances.

Joseph Fahim


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Tribute to Yasuzô Masumura
Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Screenplay: Kaneto Shindô
Dir. of Photography: Setsuo Kobayashi
Music: Tadashi Yamanouchi
Sound: Takeo Suda
Editor: Tatsuji Nakasizu
Art Director: Tomoo Shomigawara
Production: DAIEI studio, Kadokawa Corporation
Cast: Ayako Waka, Kyōko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi
Sales: Kadokawa Corporation

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