The Freezing Point

Freezing Point

1966

Keizo Tsujiguchi believes his wife Natsue was having an extramarital affair when their child was kidnapped and killed. He believes that because of her affair with his colleague Murai, she was unable to watch over their child properly and blames her for their daughter’s death. To exact revenge on his wife, he then adopts the killer’s child without telling the truth to his wife or their newly adopted child. When husband/doctor Keizo returns home for […]

Adultery

Adultery

1984

Dreaming to be released from her miserable life of poverty, Aida, a waitress, abandons her bedridden father, her moralistic mother, her jobless brother and her good-for-nothing sister to live-in with her boyfriend Carding, whom she believes could give her salvation. But her plan only gives her more misfortunes. Carding gets jailed for drug peddling. Aida opts for an abortion. She later lives with a wealthy man to fuel her ambition. Carding is released from prison […]

Madame Freedom 2

1957

Despite her apology, Oh Seon-young, the professor’s wife from Madame Freedom again strays. This time the family is ruined through her scandal. She must take a job at a coffee shop to help pay off their debt and has an affair with the shop-owner. By charging for answers to tests, she is involved in helping college students cheat on their exams, which causes her husband to lose his teaching position.

Madame Freedom

Madame Freedom

1956

A professor’s wife, O Seon-yeong (Kim Jeung-rim), starts working at a boutique shop. She meets Choe Yun-ju (No Gyung-hui) and goes to a dance party. She happens to like Sin Chun-ho (Lee Min), so she learns dancing from the next-door neighbor. Meanwhile, professor Jang (Park Am) is attracted to his student (Yang Mi-hui), who works as a typist. But he does not want to ruin his family while waiting for his wife to come home. […]

Red Sorghum

1987

An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu’er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as “my Grandpa” by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed by Jiu’er. When the Japanese invaders subject the area to their rule and cut down the sorghum to make way for a road, the community rises up and resists as the sorghum grows anew.

Checkmate (aka Le Coup du berger aka Fool’s Mate)

1956

Claire (Virginie Vitry) is a chic young Parisian woman married to a somewhat older husband, Claude (Jean-Claude Brialy). As this 28-minute trifle opens, she leaves her husband playing baroque music at the piano, telling him she is off to see her sister, Solange. In reality she meets her lover, Jean (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze) at his apartment; after some idle chatter and love-making he tells her a story of the shriveled heads that the Jivaro indians used […]