SKU 6615

A PORTRAIT OF SHUNKIN (1976) * with switchable English subtitles *

Directed by Katsumi Nishikawa Written by Teinosuke Kinugasa Momoe Yamaguchi as Okoto Tomokazu Miura as Sasuke Ikue Sakakibara as Okichi Akira Nagoya as Zensuke Masahiko Tsugawa as Minoya

Blindness provides Shunkin the extraordinary ability to masterfully play the traditional Japanese instruments of the three-stringed shamisen and thirteen-stringed koto. She performs as a renowned musician and also gives music lessons. The film is a psychological study of Shunkin and the struggles she faces, aware there is a life out there she is never going to experience. Her life takes a turn, when she accepts a young man to teach music. He is both her student and servant. Sasuke strives to please Shunkin in every possible way, but irritates her when she discovers, he tries to play with eyes closed, since it reminds her about her defect. The two develop a unique a melancholic romantic relationship. Despite Shunkin's resistance, the two are drawn to each other.

DVD-R is in Japanese with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 96 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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