• Japan
  • 1938
  • 76 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

A pair of blind masseurs, an enigmatic city woman, a lonely man and his ill-behaved nephew—The Masseurs and a Woman is made up of crisscrossing miniature studies of love and family at a remote resort in the mountains. With delicate and surprising humor, Hiroshi Shimizu paints a timeless portrait of loneliness and the human need to connect.

Cast

Michiko MisawaMieko Takamine
TokuichiShin Tokudaiji
FukuichiShinichi Himori
KenichiBakudan Kozo
Shintaro OmuraShin Saburi

Credits

DirectorHiroshi Shimizu
ScreenplayHiroshi Shimizu
CinematographyMasao Saito
Production designMinoru Esaka
MusicSenji Ito

Film Essays

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

By Michael Koresky March 16, 2009

JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR: MAN OF THE PEOPLE It’s a fitting irony that director Hiroshi Shimizu preferred to make films about outsiders, since within the expanse of Japanese cinema history, . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Getting to Know Shimizu

April 01, 2009

More cheers for the rediscovery of Hiroshi Shimizu, in Eclipse Series 15, come from IFC.com’s Michael Atkinson (“Criterion does it again, rescuing a major filmmaker from the quicksand of . . . Read more »


Clippings

Shining a Light on Shimizu

March 16, 2009

Dave Kehr heralds the rediscovery of “the oceanic depth and diversity of Japanese cinema” in recent years, “thanks in no small part to home video,” in a lovely New York Times piece on the latest . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

By Michael Koresky March 16, 2009

JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR: MAN OF THE PEOPLE It’s a fitting irony that director Hiroshi Shimizu preferred to make films about outsiders, since within the expanse of Japanese cinema history, . . . Read more »

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