Special Series

Okoto and Sasuke


Directed by: Yasujiro Shimazu
1935 / 110 minutes / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Based on the novel "A Portrait of Shunkin" by Junichiro Tanizaki

Screened as part of JFF Classics 2018.

Love develops between Okoto, a blind koto virtuoso, and her devoted manservant, Sasuke. There is nothing Sasuke will not do for Okoto, even if it means leaping into darkness himself.

Based on Junichiro Tanizaki’s novel, A Portrait of Shunkin, Yasujiro Shimazu takes a subtle and restrained approach to directing an otherwise melodramatic romance. Shimazu also pairs the film with a beautiful koto soundtrack, matching the action on screen with the background music. Playing Okoto is Kinuyo Tanaka, the prolific star of Japanese cinema’s golden age, in one of her most assertive early performances.

This film will not be screened in Melbourne.

Advanced booking is not available for the Art Gallery of NSW screenings. Tickets are handed out at the Domain Theatre, 1 hour prior to the screening.

Saturday 13th October

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Wednesday 17th October

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Screens in: Sydney

Director: Yasujiro Shimazu

Original story: Junichiro Tanizaki

Screenplay: Yasujiro Shimazu

Producer: Shochiku (studio)

Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka and Kokichi Takada

Genre: Special Series

Format: 35mm b&w