Odd Obsession (18)

odd obsession

From the archive

This film was last shown on 23 March 2017

A winner of the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 1960, Odd Obsessionis 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.

© 1959 Kadokawa Pictures

Kon Ichikawa
107 mins
Ganjiro Nakamura, Junko Kano, Machiko Kyo, Tatsuya Nakadai


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