Shunkin Sho (1977)

Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This romantic melodrama tells the story of the blind daughter of a wealthy pharmacist (Momoe Yamaguchi), in mid-19th-century Japan (just prior to the Meiji Restoration). A born autocrat, she transforms her father's apprentice into her lover and servant and teaches him to play the samsien for her pleasure. Another man who is a suitor for her hand, frustrated that she will not consent to marriage, mutilates her face. The apprentice/lover, on hearing of this, puts out his own eyes so that he will only be able to remember his love as a great beauty.

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apprentice, blindness [physical], daughter, lover, love-triangle, mutilation, pharmacist, servant, tragic-love