Masterpiece of Japanese New Wave Cinema
Japanese Title: ONNA NO MIZUMI [Woman of the Lake]
Okada (as Kiju Yoshida)
starring: Mariko Okada · Shigeru Tsuyuguchi · Tamotsu Hayakawa · Keiko
Natsu · Aiko Masuda
Mizuki, the dissatisfied and attractive wife of a wealthy businessman,
is having an affair with Ginpei Momoi, an employee of her husband. During
one of their liaisons, he convinces her to pose for some naked photographs.
A bit later, the negatives ends up in the hands of a secret admirer
with intentions of sexual blackmail. Miyako agrees to meet the extortionist
in a small coastal spa town. Boyfriend Ginpei follows. But soon things
soon escalate into a poignant surprise ending.
New Wave director Okada - perhaps, that country's most underrated filmmaker
- delivers a masterpiece here, reminiscent of Hiroshi Teshigahara's
IN THE DUNES. This one stars his wife and muse Mariko Okada,
based on the counterculture novel by Yasunari Kawabata. The film's central
theme (years before its time) deals with the element of stalking and
intrusion, as exemplified by the director's own stark voyeuristic cinematography.