Shunkinsho (A Portrait of Shunkin)
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Shunkinsho (A Portrait of Shunkin)
This romantic melodrama tells the story of the blind daughter of a wealthy pharmacist (Momoe Yamaguchi), in mid-19th-century Japan (just prior to the Meiji Restoration). A born autocrat, she transforms her father's apprentice into her lover and servant and teaches him to play the samsien for her pleasure. Another man who is a suitor for her hand, frustrated that she will not consent to marriage, mutilates her face. The apprentice/lover, on hearing of this, puts out his own eyes so that he will only be able to remember his love as a great beauty. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi