Edo Porn (Japanese: 北斎漫画, romanizedHokusai manga) is a 1981 Japanese biographical drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindō. It is based on Seiichi Yashiro's stage play on the life of Japanese artist Hokusai.[1][2][3]

Edo Porn
Directed byKaneto Shindō
Written byKaneto Shindō
Based on
  • Hokusai manga
  • by Seiichi Yashiro
Produced by
  • Gakubun Akashi
  • Hiroyuki Nakajo
CinematographyKeiji Maruyama
Edited byYoshi Sugihara
Music byHikaru Hayashi
Distributed by
  • Shochiku
  • Fuji Film
Release date
  • 12 September 1981 (1981-09-12) (Japan)[1][2]
Running time
119 minutes

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Tetsuzō is an unsuccessful ukiyo-e (woodblock) painter who lives in poverty with his daughter Ōei over a geta shop owned by Ōyaku, the older wife of the aspirant writer Sashichi, who is a childhood friend of Tetsuzō.

Tetsuzō lives by borrowing money from his adoptive father, mirror-maker Nakajima Ise. One day, he meets a young, beautiful prostitute named Ōnao and becomes fascinated with her. He produces a series of drawings of her, but later leaves her to Nakajima as a concubine. Ōnao, a sadist with a traumatic past, psychologically torments Nakajima until he hangs himself, and leaves.

After Ōyaku dies, Sashichi, adopting the pen name Bakin, devotes his life to writing and ignores Ōei's advances who has intimate feelings for him. Nevertheless, Ōei continues to love him, withdrawing to celibacy.

Years later and after hard-earned fame, Tetsuzō (now Hokusai) is 89. He lives by painting Ichimatsu dolls with Ōei. One day, Ōei finds a peasant girl who looks like Ōnao. After he sees a young ama (pearl diver) playing with a dead octopus, Hokusai persuades the girl to pose for the shunga (erotic art) of an ama engaged in a threesome with two octopuses.

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  1. ^ a b "北斎漫画". Kinema Junpo (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b "北斎漫画". Japanese Movie Database (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "北斎漫画とは" (in Japanese). Kotobank. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  4. ^ "ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー". Cinema Hochi (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2023.

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