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Hiroku onnadera

Secrets of a Women’s Temple


Release Date
January, 25th, 1969
Running Time
79 min
Screening Format
-,Digital BETACAM
Screen Size
Cinema Scope (1:2.35)

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In 1785 the Hosho Temple in old Edo was burned to the ground. It was never rebuilt and an old story suggests the reason why.
A nun named Shigetsuin (Shigako Shimegi) was in charge of this temple-convent, sent there as a punishment. Cousin to the Shogun, her misdeeds were such that she was removed by being made Mother Superior.
This is discovered by Oharu (Michiyo Yasuda), a young girl who appears at the temple saying that, wishing to atone for her sins, she wants to become a nun. Her real reason, however, is that she suspects that her brother was murdered in the convent and wants to find the truth.
Shigetsuin, though now the head of convent, has in no way reformed. One of her habits is to invite handsome young men into the precincts and then to dispose of them after having enjoyed herself. The nunnery has become a nest of sadism, violence and murder.
Oharu finds evidence that her suspicions were correct and decides to kill the wicked Shigetsuin. But the Mother Superior sets fire to the temple and perishes amid the flames.

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1969.12.2】

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