Mujo (1970)

Run Time - 146 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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The son and daughter of a wealthy Japanese merchant embrace the modern era and turn their backs on the traditions of their elders. The young woman eschews kimonos for miniskirts, and the long haired son ends up sleeping with her when the duo dons traditional religious masks. A Buddhist priest says nothing of her pregnancy when she is married off to the son of a faithful servant. The parents have pegged the servant's son to be the one who seduced their daughter. The son of a noted sculptor tries but fails to kill the incestuous brother and ends up killing himself. The brother goes to work for the sculptor and ends up sleeping with both the sculptor and his wife. Many spiritual and moral questions are raised but none are answered in this strange morality play.

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decadence, forbidden-love, incest, merchant, pregnancy, seduction, tradition