DIR. NIWATSUKINO NORIHIRO
CAST. TSUJIOKA MASATO, IWAISHI HIDETA
RUN-TIME. 70 MINS
£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)
Ninko, a young Buddhist monk leads an ascetic existence, but his abstinence is continuously challenged in the form of an unusual curse: he is irresistible to women. Blaming himself for his poor virtue, when Ninko meets a masked seductress in the forest, he seeks refuge in the mountains, desperate to escape temptation, only to find a spectre has followed him. When he meets a Samurai who claims he can kill ghosts, Ninko thinks he might have found a solution. Can he finally find solitude? A merger of live action and stunning animation inspired by traditional Japanese art including Buddhist mandala drawings, woodblock prints and erotic drawings, Suffering of Ninko is a beautiful and bawdy addition to the rich tradition of Japanese ghost stories, both tongue-in-cheek and an earnest enquiry into sexual repression.
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