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1967

Joen

The Affair

情炎

Release Date
May, 13th, 1967
Running Time
97 min
Genre
Feature
Color
-
Screening Format
-

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Story ]

Oriko knows that her mother liked men and had many affairs, including that with a younger sculptor Mitsuharu. Herself married to a man she does not love named Furuhata, she is surprised to find that her mother's spirit lives so strongly within her.
This she discovers when she eyewitnessed her younger sister-in-law in the arms of a laborer. She, in her turn, longs for such embrace which although she regards it as degrading, is unable to resist.
Later, her unhappiness draws her to her mother's lovers, Mitsuharu, who turns out to have been the final lover of her mother. But they are discovered by her jealous husband who is certain they are having an affair. But he is wrong. She tells him she had an affair with laborer, not with Mitsuharu. Stunned husband accepts a divorce. And it is then that she and Mitsuharu finally commence their affair.
Mitsuharu is later injured, paralyzed for life, and on her way to the hospital she once again sees the laborer and hesitates. She can become truly herself by following her own choice. She chooses to become the mother she hated - and care for the injured sculptor.

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1967 10.3】

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