Kagi (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This is the fifth adaptation of Junichiro Tanizaki's erotic novel about middle-aged professor Soichiro Anzai (Akira Emoto of Shall We Dance?). Anzai's diary reveals his frustrating interactions with his sexually repressed young wife Ikuko (Naomi Kawashima). To communicate to her, he leaves the diary key where she will find it, and she reads with fascination. When he invites photographer Kimura (Mikio Osawa) to dinner, Ikuko drinks too much, Anzai puts her to bed, sees her nude, and becomes aroused and makes love to her, despite her semi-conscious state. The next day, Ikuko reads about the incident in his diary, and as the situation steams up, she leaves her own diary where he will find it. Although the two never discuss their heightened passions, each is heard in voiceover while the diaries are read. Winner of the "Screenplay" award at the 1998 Santa Barbara Film Festival.