Hishu monogatari (1977) AKA A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness


Nearly a decade after being fired by Nikkatsu Studios, Suzuki returned to the director’s chair with this titillating tale of a model who is groomed to become a professional golfer as a publicity stunt. When she turns out to be good at the sport, her success leads a deranged fan to hatch a blackmail scheme.

Director: Seijun Suzuki. AKA 悲愁物語 / A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness.
Writers: Ikki Kajiwara (story), Atsushi Yamatoya (screenplay).
Stars: Kyôko Enami, Yoshio Harada, Masumi Okada, Shûji Sano, Yoko Shiraki, Jô Shishido.


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  1. Jonathan Shapiro
    February 24, 2022

    Oooh. This and Kagero-Za are probably my two favourite Suzuki films. This is just an astonishing work. The cat crash sequence is maybe the best to ever be staged in a motion picture.

  2. Paul (Accidental) Conway
    December 12, 2022

    Suzuki Seijun, you’re an absolute nutcase and I love you for it. A pretty golfer is trained up to be a model and a TV star. Cool. Then it suddenly becomes a Suzuki-ish take on Play Misty For Me with Stepford Wives vibes! A treat.

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