Japan | 2016 | Color | Erotic Buddhist Fantasy | 70 min 

仁光の受難 / Ninko no Junan
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DCP | Japanese 24 fps 1.78 STEREO

 SYNOPSIS 

Ninko, a young, diligent Buddhist monk, has one serious problem: Women can’t seem to resist him. They pester him so much that he can’t even ask for alms in town. Since sexual indulgence is considered a sin, he blames himself for not being virtuous enough. One day, he runs into a masked woman in the forest who tries to seduce him. Running away from her, his problem only gets worse. Nearly driven mad, he escapes deep into the mountains to be alone. There he finds a corpse in a deserted village, victimized by a specter who seduces the spirits of men. A samurai claims that he can kill the specter, and Ninko follows him, hoping that he’ll rid him of his curse.

 FESTIVALS, selective list 

- Vancouver IFF 2016, Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema Competition

- Busan IFF, 2016, A Window on Asian Cinema

- Tokyo FILMEX 2016, Competition

- Rotterdam IFF 2017, Bright Future

- Göteborg IFF 2017

- CinemAsia 2017

- Cambodia IFF 2017

- HKIFF 2017, Indie Power Section

- Seattle IFF 2017
- NY Asian FF 2017

 CREDITS 

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Masato TSUJIOKA

Miho WAKABAYASHI

Hideta IWAHASHI

Yukino ARIMOTO

Norihiro NIWATSUKINO
Takayuki OKAZAKI

Shunichiro YAMAMOTO
Norihiro NIWATSUKINO

Office Higuchi Inc.

Norihiro NIWATSUKINO

Norihiro NIWATSUKINO

Asian Shadows

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 PRESS REVIEWS 

A one-joke folk tale that takes a fruitful detour midway through"

-- The Hollywood Reporter