Sada

Sada

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi

Cast: Hitomi Kuroki, Tsurutaro Kataoka, Norihei Miki

     
 

The oft-filmed life story of Sada Abe -- a courtesan who killed her lover during lovemaking and then cut off her favorite organ as a keepsake -- has been the stuff of legend for over 60 years. In Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1998 adaptation of the same story, he went for a less explicit, more postmodern tact; this film tries to get to the roots of Sada's motives. Born into a…  See more details below

Overview

The oft-filmed life story of Sada Abe -- a courtesan who killed her lover during lovemaking and then cut off her favorite organ as a keepsake -- has been the stuff of legend for over 60 years. In Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1998 adaptation of the same story, he went for a less explicit, more postmodern tact; this film tries to get to the roots of Sada's motives. Born into a poor and lonely childhood during the beginning of the 20th century, Sada (played by television star Hitomi Kuroki) is raped at the age of 14 by a thuggish college student (Masaku Ikeuchi) but saved from further degradation by Okada (Kippei Shina), a mysterious medical student who sports sunglasses and a long black coat. She falls for him, but unfortunately Okada has a dark secret; he has leprosy. Just before he departs from society to go to an asylum, he carves out an imaginary heart from his chest with a scalpel and gives it to Sada. Unable to get over the heartbreak of losing her true love, she becomes a prostitute. At age 29, she becomes the lover of a wealthy civil servant named Tachibana (Bengal) who buys her out of prostitution and apprentices her to a teahouse. There she meets Tatsuzo (Tsurutaro Kataoka), with whom she discovers a passion that she never found in the arms of her thousands of johns. When his wife learns of their tryst, she kicks Sada out. Soon Tatsuzo -- who abandoned his wife -- and Sada are holed up in a dinky apartment as sexual fugitives. Feeling like he has lived all he needs to live, he encourages her to pull the chord across his throat as part of a kinky sex game. This film won the International Film Critics Prize at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
UPC:
0037429197127
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:12:00

Special Features

New digital transfer; Director and actor filmographies; Original theatrical trailer; Liner notes by film critic and author Richard Kadrey

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hitomi Kuroki Sada Abe
Tsurutaro Kataoka Tatsuzo Kikumoto
Norihei Miki Takuzo
Kippei Shena Masaru Okada
Toshie Negishi Yoshi Kikumoto
Bengal Sanosuke Tachibana
Renji Ishibashi Shinkichi
Kyusaka Shimada Takiguchi

Technical Credits
Nobuhiko Obayashi Director,Editor
Mamoru Ashida Asst. Director
Shohel Hayashi Sound/Sound Designer
Shohei Hayashi Sound/Sound Designer
Sotaro Manabu Score Composer
Chukon Minami Asst. Director
Hisao Nabeshima Executive Producer
Yuko Nishizawa Screenwriter
Kyoko Obayashi Producer
Chieko Okano Costumes/Costume Designer
Noritaka Sakamoto Cinematographer
Koichi Takeguchi Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Sada's Story [5:31]
2. Lost Innocence [5:51]
3. Okada's Heart [9:26]
4. Truant [5:23]
5. Feminine Arts [4:22]
6. A Real Whore [2:38]
7. Clients [7:02]
8. Patron [4:38]
9. Filial Daughter [4:05]
10. Rain Again [4:07]
11. The Deal [6:30]
12. Apprenticeship [4:15]
13. Flirting [6:01]
14. About Okada [5:36]
15. The Inn [7:36]
16. Battleaxe [3:29]
17. Kicked Out [6:47]
18. 3 Days Alone [4:44]
19. Unbalanced Love [5:46]
20. Dangerous Games [6:13]
21. Last Request [3:29]
22. Memento [7:54]
23. A Rare Love [5:38]
24. Goodbye [5:01]

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