Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ma No Toki (1985)

Quite rare Japanese film about mother-son incest.

This is not one of those cheap Japanese sex/incest films. It's a drama that has some good production values. It's more like "La Luna" in Japan...
Dvd-rip, in Japanese WITHOUT SUBTITLES. But you can follow what's going on and I'm adding a detailed summary of the story here.
The film features the beautiful Iwashita Shima as Mizuo Ryoko, the ultimate MILF who enters into a taboo relationship with her own son, Fukashi (Sakagami Shinobu). Fukashi is an earnest and serious high school graduate who had fled his affluent family in Tokyo to live in a small coastal town in the far North, living a humble and carefree life as clerk at a fish market at the harbor. Fukashi's estranged mother, after months of searching finally tracks him down and tries to reconnect with him. She rents a small apartment overlooking the market and frequently visits Fukashi as he sells fish to the local merchants and town folk. As the story unfolds, we slowly learn (in flashback) about the dark details of Fukashi and his mother's past. A couple years earlier Fukashi had been studying for the entrance exams for the prestigious Todai (Tokyo University), however in typical youthful rebellion, Fukashi had strayed from his studies (getting involved with a youth biker gang) and developing apathetic outlook on life. His mother Ryoko (the wife of an elite businessman) is devasted by his changing attitude. She is already suffering stress as her relationship with Fukashi's father (the always reliable Koyama Shigeru) has cooled and they have become distant. The two wounded and needy souls soon find themselves entering into a taboo relationship. Despite their precautions, they are soon caught after one of their many sexual encounters and Ryoko ends her relationship with Fukashi. Ashamed and hurt, Fukashi flees Tokyo in the hopes of reevaluating his life. Falling in love with another girl (a former gang member), Fukashi hopes to begin a new life but with the return of his mother, can he?

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