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Hakujitsumu

Daydream

Japan 1964
produced by
Toyojiro Nagashima for Shochiku, Daison Productions
directed by Tetsuji Takechi
starring Kanako Michi, Akira Ishihama, Chojuro Hanakawa, Yasuko Matsui
screenplay by Tetsuji Takechi, based on a short story by Junichiro Tanizaki, music by Sukashisa Shiba

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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By chance, Murahashi (Akira Ishihama) comes to sit in the dentist's chair next to Chieko's (Kanako Michi), and he falls in love with her almost immediately - but that's when the anesthetics kick in and he starts to hallucinate about her being raped by the dentist (Chojuro Hanakawa) in her chair. Then he daydreams about her being a nightclub singer being owned by the dentist. Murahashi tries to persuade her to escape with him, but she just can't. Another daydream shows Murahashi on the balcony of her apartment, looking in as she is tortured by the dentist, unable to get in. He ultimately meets her at a playground, where the two of them make plans to escape which involve her hiding in a closed department store - but once there, she bumps into the dentist, who chases her through the store before finally raping her. The next day, she wakes up in the store, nude, picks herself a kimono and leaves the place as inconspicously as possible - but she runs into Murahashi, who calls her a whore and stabs her to death in the middle of a busy sidewalk. When he tries to call some attention onto what he's done though, nobody seems to be the least interested in the half-naked blood-soaked corpse lying there.

Murahashi awakes from anesthesia just when Chieko is about to leave the dentist's place, and he makes up an excuse to go after her. Ultimately, they leave together, and only the bitemarks Chieko suddenly finds on her body suggest that Murahashi's daydream might not have been a daydream after all.

 

Nowadays, Daydream is known first and foremost for being the first pink movie by a major Japanese studio going into mass release, but actually, that's selling the achievements of the film short, as Daydream is a fascinatingly delirious piece of erotic cinema that has more to do with French nouvelle vague than the usual skinflick produced during the time all around the world, a film that is made up of striking images and an in-depth exploration of dom-sub-relationships, all wrapped up in a story that follows the logic of nightmares.

A truly fascinating film.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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