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Double Suicide • 1h 43m
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda • 1969 • Japan
Starring Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Hosei Komatsu
Many films have drawn from classic Japanese theatrical forms, but none with such shocking cinematic effect as director Masahiro Shinoda’s DOUBLE SUICIDE. In this striking adaptation of a Bunraku puppet play (featuring the music of famed composer Toru Takemitsu), a paper merchant sacrifices family, fortune, and ultimately life for his erotic obsession with a prostitute.