Jitsuroku Abe Sada (1975, JAP) C-76m. SCOPE ** D: Noboru Tanaka. Starring Junko Miyashita, Hideaki Esumi, Genshu Hanayagi, Yoshie Kitsuda. Considered a classic in some circles, this Japanese psycho drama deals with the obsessive, destructive love affair between restaurant owner Esumi and his mistress Miyashita. Might have been influenced by Bertolucci's classic L'ULTIMO TANGO A PARIGI (1973), but Japan has a history of this kind of movies itself. Strictly for those who find a combination of sex and death stimulating. Same true story filmed more successfully as AI NO CORRIDA (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES) a year later. Remade again in 1998. English title: A WOMAN CALLED ABE SADA.


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