Dogra Magra

Synopsis: A man is confined to a mental institution after trying to murder his fiancee. Two doctors relate his problem to an Asian philosophy that states that mental defects are transmitted from generation to generation. He learns that one of his distant ancestors murdered his wife as a way of demonstrating a point to his lord about the importance of love over the emptiness of lust and to drive home the point further, created a series of illustrations of the dead woman decaying which in turn trigger the memories of his distant descendent. But is the whole thing merely a game concocted by the two doctors, who may even have driven themselves mad?
 
IMDB:
6.6
Year:
1988
109 min
8 Views

O fetus...

O fetus...

Why do you undulate?

Is it the knowing of

your mother's heart...

that fills you with dread?

Starring

Shijaku Katsura

Yoji Matsuda

Eri Misawa

Leo Morimoto

Jun Haichi

Kaori Kobayashi

Hideo Murota

Kyoko Enami

Based on the novel

"DOGRA MAGRA"

by Kyusaku Yumeno

Screenplay by

Toshio Matsumoto

Atsushi Yamatoya

Producers

Shuji Shibata

Kazuo Shimizu

Directed by

Toshio Matsumoto

Brother-in-law.

Brother.

It is me.

Please say something.

You're there, aren't you?

Why don't you answer?

Help me!

Someone please!

Anyone!

He's been extremely agitated.

He's asked where he is?

Yes.

Anything else?

He asked his name.

Of course we've said nothing.

So it's exactly as before?

Precisely, sir.

Do you remember anything?

Do you know who I am?

I see.

I am...

Excuse me.

My card.

Department of Psychiatry,

Kyushu University Hospital.

Professor Kyotaro Wakabayashi.

So this is...

Yes. Room #7 in the

psychiatric ward.

Psychiatric?

When our Dept. Head, Dr. Masaki

suddenly passed away...

a month ago.

I temporarily took over.

Does that mean that I'm insane?

Insane?

Why do you ask?

I remember nothing.

Not even my name, or yesterday...

Not even my face.

You've been through

a hideous incident.

Medically speaking, what

we term amnesic trauma.

A great shock?

Please tell me, doctor.

What happened?

Who am I?

That you'll have

to resolve yourself.

If your memory returns

things will become clear.

Please forgive me,

I was wrong.

Good morning.

Morning.

Forgive me.

I'm so sorry, my sister.

I betrayed you.

Do you know her name?

You remember her face?

Brother-in-law!

Why are you here?

Do you know him?

Calm yourself down.

It'll come back.

Now go to sleep.

In the reign of Emperor Hsuan Tsung.

There was a handsome young

painter named Wu Ching-hsiu.

The emperor was very fond of him. And

gave him in marriage Dai, maid to his consort.

Wu Ching-hsiu lived

a blissful dream...

with his beautiful bride Dai.

With his...

Sorry.

Now the Emperor was besotted by his consort,

Yang Kwei Fei and did whatever she suggested.

She surrounded him with her

foolish family...

and connived to banish all worthy

courtiers from his side.

When Ching-hsiu saw this and the ignoring

of portents, he worried greatly.

His painting was the only

way to show the emperor.

He explained as much

to his new bride.

"Will you lay down your life

for the good of the land?"

"For you, I do so gladly."

He journeyed to his secret mountain studio.

And drank a final cup with his bride.

"Let us meet again

in the next life."

He strangled her with

his bare hands...

then stripped the robes from her naked

body. Feverishly he began to sketch.

On a scroll,

he painted the body...

in various stages of putrefaction. His

first aim, to let the emperor know...

the intransigence of life.

But the human body

is quick to rot.

His brush could not

keep up with the decay.

Upset, Ching-hsiu realized he needed yet

another corpse. The madness was on him.

He killed another with a field mattock.

And carried her off to his studio.

The villagers surrounded,

then burnt his hideaway.

With that, he gave up.

He gathered up his unfinished scroll,

his wife's jewels, her coral comb,

some of her bones and

put them in his robe.

And ran for his life.

But when he arrived

back at his home,

his bride Dai, called

out then embraced him.

Alas, it was her sister,

the young Fen.

A lithe young wench.

"I know that it is wrong for

I cannot help but love you."

Said she, as she

passionately wooed him.

The now deranged Ching-hsiu

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Toshio Matsumoto

Toshio Matsumoto (松本 俊夫, Matsumoto Toshio) (March 25, 1932 – April 12, 2017) was a Japanese film director and video artist. more…

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