Synopsis: Moemi is not overly pleased when Yukio brings home a couple of turtles to keep her company. Although Yukio works at home as a writer, Moemi feels neglected and desired a dog or a cat, but neither is allowed in their apartment. He drills a hole in the front of one turtle's shell so that it can be taken for walks on a leash, but Moemi spares the second from the same fate by proclaiming it "The House Turtle." Their lives seem reasonably happy until she has her braces removed, and Yukio finds kissing her less satisfying. She soon starts tying up everything in her sight with knotted twine, starting with the turtles. A psychiatrist diagnoses "Obsessive Knot-Binding Syndrome" due to deficiencies in her relationship with Yukio. Moemi continues to expand her activities, tying herself in knots with cords stretching across the apartment. The doctor tells Yukio that her illness has reached a critical point, and that he should tie her up that evening. This he proceeds to do, with her encouraging hi
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Shunji Iwai
  2 wins.
47 min

Moemi said she wanted a dog.

If not a dog, a cat.

But our apartment

Doesn't allow dogs or cats.

Then I had an idea.

What's this?

What is it?

Come on, what is it?

What could it be?

Tell me, what is it, what is it?

All right, just a minute.

What could this be?

It's a secret.

You're just mean.

Hurry up, now.

What are they?


I thought instead of a dog.

What are these?

Hey, you'll hurt them.

No, I used to do this a lot.

Now you can take him for a walk.

No, you can't.

Here, you take it and go practice.

No, not that one.

He's the house turtle.

Come on, now.

Wait, you can't do that.

Run, Turtle-Boy.

OK, rest time.

You can rinse your mouth.


It's different.

The metal feeling isn't there.

Taste good?

I don't know if good's the word.

No good?

You don't like it?

Well, this is how it should be.

I'll get used to it.

I could put them back on.


For the rest of my life.

So good.

Next Sunday -

Let's go somewhere.





You ought to write a novel.

A novel.

Hey, I said 'a novel'.

A Sunday...


Here's some tea.


What's this?

I didn't like the slow way he walked.

What's the matter?

Finished yet?


Not finished yet?

Done yet?


Not yet?



Obsessive Knot-Binding Syndrome.

Obsessive Knot-Binding...


Obsessive Knot-Binding Syndrome.

Well, it's a kind of

Malady of love.

That doctor...

I think he's a fake.

In her case,

She feels she's being tied down.

Therefore, the symptomatic behavior.

Is there something in your lives

that would make her feel tied down?

Any ideas?

Reasons she might feel tied down?

Maybe something ordinary to you

But to her something injurious

which might cause suffering

Rather than that,

I'm not tying her down,

I'm letting her go.

I see.

Our relationship

is much looser than before.

That's probably the reason then.

It's my fault...

This Sunday

let's go somewhere.

Let's go somewhere.

Let's go somewhere.


maybe we could even go abroad.

To some South Sea island.

Or even up to the North.

Some empty place.

Where we don't have to think.

Like you said, that doctor's a fake.

Talks like a fortune-teller.

Let's change clinics.


Yukio-chan, you sick?

Are you sick?

What are you doing?

I tied up waiting for you.

Hey, really something.

I tied it all up.


It's in here.


Here, in here.


Oh, I can see something.

Be careful now.

Hey, what's this?

Our love...

I tied it up.

How nice.

You're out of your head!

Stop all this crazy nonsense.

I'm sorry.

I see - well, that's not so good.

This is the terminal stage.

What will happen now?

We'll just have to keep on trying.

Anyway, I want you to tie her up tonight.

If you do, she'll probably feel more secure.

I have a surprise for you.

Really tie me up.

I did.



Tie me.

Really tie me up.

Really tie me up.

When I woke up,

I was really tied up.

Moemi was nowhere around.

Had we been tied up?

Or let loose?

I still don't know where she went.

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Shunji Iwai

Shunji Iwai (岩井 俊二, Iwai Shunji, born 24 January 1963) is a Japanese film director, video artist, writer and documentary maker. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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