- Release Date
- April, 19th, 1969
- Running Time
- 96 min
- Screening Format
- -,HDCAM SR
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
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[ Story ]
Kikuji Mitani (Mikijiro Hira) is an orphan and Chikako Kurimoto (Machiko Kyo) and Mrs. Ota (Ayako Wakao) were once his father's lovers.
When Kikuji was about ten years old, he had accompanied his father to Chikako's home and had seen the purplish birthmark on her breast. It was large as the palm of one's hand and he had been frightened and repulsed by its ugliness.
The affair with Mrs. Ota had lasted until his father's death and Kikuji remembers how he had hated both women. However, fate seems to take a sinister delight in throwing them together, for he had accepted Chikako's invitation to attend a tea ceremony in memory of his father.
At the ceremony, Kikuji is surprised to see Mrs. Ota and Fumiko (Eiko Azusa), her daughter, who looks exactly like her mother. He is doubly surprised to learn that Chikako had also invited Miss lnamura (Yoko Namikawa) as his prospective bride. Yukiko lnamura has not been told it is a marriage-meeting, so she innocently prepares tea and serves it to Kikuji.
She is very beautiful and the very girl Kikuji had asked the way to Chikako's tea ceremony cottage.
After the tea ceremony, Mrs. Ota is waiting for Kikuji and her almost pathetic happiness in seeing him makes him forget his former animosity. He feels she cannot distinguish him from his father whom she had loved so deeply. With one thought, their feet turn to a small restaurant where they make love.
Chikako takes it upon herself to break up the clandestine affair and gloats when Mrs. Ota commits suicide. Then she turns on her rival's daughter, but her very maliciousness drives Fumiko into Kikuji's arms, and when Chikako berates her, Fumiko leaves the only man she has ever loved.
【Quoted from the database of Kadokawa Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1969.12.3】
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