Director: Kaneto Shindō
Cast: Tokuko Watanabe, Jiro Kawarazaki, Nobuko Otowa
Shindo's "Hymn" is one of many adaptions of Tanizaki's classical novella ‘Shunkinsho’ (‘A Portrait of Shunkin’,1933). The story tells of the adoration of Sasuke for his mistress, the blind samisen-teacher Shunkin, who treats him imperiously and subjects him to cruel beatings. After an unknown intruder probably one of her pupils, who seeks revenge for her cruel behaviour, pours boiling water on the sleeping Shunkin's face, Sasuke blinds himself in order not to behold her disfigurement. Sasuke's sacrifice, made in response to Shunkin's tacit wish, seals their life-long relationship.
1972 Color 4:3 Fullscreen 112 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.