Wednesday, August 21, 2013


1964 Japanese Feature

Cast: Ayako Wakao, Kyôko Kishida, Yusuke Kawazu and Eiji Funakoshi
Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Writer: Kaneto Shindô, based on the novel Quicksand by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

A Japanese housewife becomes involved in a web of lust, envy, duplicity and mind games after embarking on an affair with a beautiful but scheming model.



  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's novel Quicksand was written as a serial between 1928 and 1930 for the magazine Kaizō. The Japanese title, Manji, refers to the four-pronged Buddhist swastika, a symbol of the lovers. The English title refers to the destructive cycle of obsession and jealousy faced by the main characters. 
  • Manji was remade in Japan in 1983 and 2006.

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  • Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's novel Quicksand was also adapted into the film The Berlin Affair, which changed the setting to Nazi Germany.

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