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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: IP6175
  • UPC: 845637002726
  • Street Date: 08/14/18
  • PreBook Date: 07/10/18
  • Label: IndiePix Films »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 70 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2016
  • Director: Norihiro Niwatsukino
  • Producers: Norihiro Niwatsukino, Katsuyuki Takemoto
  • Actors: Masato Tsujioka, Miho Wakabayashi, Hideta Iwahashi, Yukino Arimoto
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: Japanese


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Suffering Of Ninko

A young Buddhist monk in Japan's Edo period has a serious problem: women (and some men) find him sexually irresistible.

Suffering Of Ninko
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Ninko, a diligent young Buddhist monk, has a serious problem: women (and some men) find him sexually irresistible. After a troubling encounter with a naked masked woman, he sets out on a journey to purify himself of these sexual advances and haunting fantasies. One day, he arrives in a village decimated by a rapacious mountain Goddess, Yama-Onna, who seduces and kills all the men of the valley... whereby Ninko has met his match. This erotic fantasy set in Japan's Edo period blends sumptuous live action and comical folktale-esque storytelling with ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock printing) and mandala-style animated sequences.


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  • Trailer

Sales Points

  • Japan Premiere in TOKYO FILMeX International Film
  • Asia Premiere in Busan International Film Festival
  • World Premiere in Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Official Selection at Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • For the dark humor-obsessed
  • For admirers of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints
  • For fans of Kaidan ghost stories
  • Official Selection New York Asian Film Festival

Press Quotes

We're in the ancient Japan of the Hyaku-monogatari (the classical ghost-story anthology The Hundred Tales), but you've never seen a Japanese period movie like this before... Niwatsukino's wildly enjoyable debut is crammed with humour and visual surprises. At a time when 95% of Japanese indies are about the emotional and sexual-identity problems of young people, it is (to say the least) refreshing to find a movie that goes for broke with a subject that blows genre conventions apart while offering gutsy storytelling, vivid performances and a fabulous sense of cinema's possibilities. Buddhists will love it, but so will most everyone else.

     —Tony Rayns, Vancouver IFF notes

A movie miracle, and for lovers of the truly bizarre, this is a must-see.

     —V.N. Pryor, Cinapse


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