Ten Dark Women

Ten Dark Women (Kuroi jûnin no onna (黒い十人の女), literally "ten black women") is a 1961 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa.[1][2][3][4]

Ten Dark Women
Original Japanese poster.
Directed byKon Ichikawa
Produced byHiroaki Fujii
Masaichi Nagata
Written byNatto Wada
Music byYasushi Akutagawa
CinematographySetsao Kobayashi
Edited byTatsuji Nakashizu
Distributed byDaiei Film
Release date
  • 3 May 1961 (1961-05-03)
Running time
105 minutes


A married television executive has many mistresses. Nine of the mistresses and his wife band together and plan to kill him. His wife tells him they are planning to kill him and they fake his death at a meeting of all ten women using a pistol loaded with blanks and a tomato.

The other women tell her that they were not really serious about killing him and run away. One of the women, Miwako, commits suicide, and her ghost comes back to view the proceedings. Then they find out that he is not really dead, and they decide to kill him again.

His wife divorces him and one of the other women takes him on.



Director Kon Ichikawa
Scriptwriter Natto Wada


Donald Richie describes it as "an extraordinarily black comedy ... the hilarious hell of a man whose wife, mistresses and girlfriends conspire to murder him".[2]


Role Actor
Kaze's wife Fujiko Yamamoto
Kaze Eiji Funakoshi
Sayoko Goto Kyōko Kishida
Keiko Kishi
Juzo Itami
Tamao Nakamura
Miwako Mariko Miyagi
Themselves Hajime Hana and the Crazy Cats


  1. ^ "Kinema Junpo Eiga Detabesu - Kuroi Junin No Onna". Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Richie, Donald (1982). The Japanese Movie (Rev ed.). Tokyo: Kodansha International. p. 164. ISBN 4770097670.
  3. ^ "黒い十人の女". kotobank. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  4. ^ "黒い十人の女". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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