Synopsis: A surreal period film following an university professor and his eerie nomad friend as they go through loose romantic triangles and face death in peculiar ways.
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Seijun Suzuki
  17 wins & 7 nominations.
144 min


A Seijun Suzuki film

A Cinema Placet Production

Produced by Genjiro Arato


Yozo Tanaka


Kazue Nagatsuka


Kaname Kawachi


Yoshio Harada

Naoko Otani

Kisako Makishi

Michiyo Okusu

Toshiya Fujita

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Did you say something?


That's odd.

Didn't you hear that?

There was a voice.

That's Sarasate

on the record.

What's he saying?

So you don't understand.


A dead body has washed up!

She was a fisherman's wife.

She fell in love with a traveler.

They ran away together.

But she ended up

holding him back.

So he pushed her into the sea.

They were last seen arguing

on the rocks last night.

Seen by the light of the moon.

Name and address?

Are you deaf?

No, I can hear.

Are you making fun of me?

No, that's your role.

You've got no reason to arrest me.

No reason?

You know perfectly well why.

No, I don't!

I want an explanation!

There's no escape.

Give yourself up.

Give up?


Wait. Excuse me.

Who are you?

Here's my card.

"Military Academy..."

Professor of German.

Senior Professor.

This is my friend.

His name is Nakasago.

He was also a professor

at the academy.

A professor?

You can, of course,

make further inquiries.

That won't be necessary.

My apologies.

Please forgive me.

That wasn't very nice of you.

I invited you to come with me.

But you refused

and went off alone.

You did the same thing.

No. I wanted to go with you.

But you refused,

so I had to go alone.

I didn't expect

to run into you like this.

Six in all.

Six crabs crawled out

from her crotch.

They were red all over.

They ate her flesh.

That's why they were all red.

- What do you think?

- About what?

You think I killed her,


But I didn't.

She killed herself.

I told her not to follow me.

She just went crazy.

It was suicide.

Still, you're partly responsible

for her death.


The first and most important thing

Is that a man should not sleep alone

The written character

for 'man', perhaps

Shows two people sleeping together

As for the second point

What would they do

when they shared a bed?

That's enough!

I fancy some eel.

I'll eat you.

What about you, sir?

Any one will do.

Will she cook them?

Yes, she's very good.

Call a geisha.

Not a sourpuss,

one with some life.

I'm sorry, no geisha are available.

They're all busy.

- All of them?

- Yes, I'm sorry.

They're all attending a party

for the prefectural officials.

This is one big eel.

Eels are our local speciality.

It's O-lne. O-lne!

- Hey! She's a geisha!

- No, I'm sorry.

- She's not?

- Well, yes, but not today.

- Why not?

- Her younger brother just died.

We just held the funeral.

She's in mourning.

A geisha in mourning, eh?

That's interesting.

- Call her.

- But, sir...

His bones were red?

My brother poisoned himself.

When you take poison,

the stomach ruptures.

You normally writhe and vomit blood.

But he wanted to keep the room clean.

He died without spitting

a single drop of blood.

His face was all twisted

in agony and torment.

And then?

Then we cremated him.

His bones weren't any different.

Ordinary white bones. But...

When I brought the urn home

and lifted the lid...

Was it red?

A pale pink.

Like cherry blossom.

As if blood was seeping out.

That's strange.

The old folks say the blood

he didn't spit out stained his bones.

That he can never rest in peace,

and I must pray for him every day.

Red bones, eh?

Your bones are pretty

and delicate too.

I'm not weak, though.

I'd never take poison.

Sorry about all that.

Though hundreds of leagues

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