Suffering of Ninko

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    Suffering of Ninko

    Directed by

    Japan

    2016

    70 min

    • Japanese

    Drama

    Ninko is a virtuous Buddhist monk who’s embarrassed to discover that he’s irresistible to many women (and some men). After a particularly troubling encounter with a masked woman, he undertakes a journey to "purify" himself, hoping that this will equip him to rebuff sexual advances. He meets the samurai Kanzo and hears of a village decimated by the rapacious mountain goddess Yama-onna, who kills men to absorb their energy. Finally Ninko has a quest to fulfil.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Masato Tsujioka
    Miho Wakabayashi
    Hideta Iwahashi
    Yukino Arimoto
    Chris Kato
    Hitoshi Murakami
    Screenplay
    Niwatsukino Norihiro
    Cinematography
    Okazaki Takayuki
    Yamamoto Shunichiro
    Editing
    Niwatsukino Norihiro
    Music
    Office Higuchi Inc
    Production
    NORIHIRO IWATSUKINO, KATSUYUKI TAKEMOTO
    Sales
    ASIAN SHADOWS

    Press

    Beautiful and bawdy.

    Maggie Lee, Variety

    Niwatsukino Norihiro

    Niwatsukino Norihiro

    Japan

    Niwatsukino Norihiro picked up filmmaking while studying design at the Kyushu Institute of Design in Fukuoka. After completing his graduate studies, he began working as a screenwriter and director in Tokyo working on music videos, short films and animations. His filmography includes STRABERRY JAM (2010) and ONIZUSHI (2016). SUFFERING OF NINKO (2016), his first feature film, was selected at the Busan IFF.