Elegant Beast

© 1962 Kadokawa Pictures
  • しとやかな獣
    Shitoyakana kedamono
  • Japan 1962, 35mm, 96 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Yuzo KAWASHIMA
  • Script: Kaneto SHINDO
  • Production: Daiei
  • Camera: Nobuo MUNEKAWA
  • World sales: Kadokawa
  • Film copy: Japan Foundation
  • Cast: Yuko HAMADA, Aiko KAWABATA, Ayako WAKAO, Yunosuke ITO, Hisano YAMAOKA
  • With an introduction by Dr. Alexander Zahlten

The Maeda family has perfected the art of ripping off others. Tomoko gouges one sugar daddy after the other, Minoru embezzles money from work, and their parents govern it all from home. But when Minoru falls for widow Yukie (Ayako WAKAO), they get a taste of their own medicine. With the set completely confined to the family’s small flat, Yuzo KAWASHIMA delivers a scathing portrait of a ruthless capitalist society. Not to be missed for its ludicrous dance scene alone!

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