Kagi (Odd Obsession) (The Key)
Kagi (Odd Obsession) (The Key) (1959)

Several cinematic variations on Junichiro Tanizaki's novel about jealousy, voyeurism, and sexual arousal began with this award-winning drama by director Kon Ichikawa. Kenji Kenmochi (Ganjiro Nakamura) is the older and increasingly… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1959
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Ichikawa's more straightforward narrative method doesn't do justice to all the ironies, but this is a still a singular and memorable movie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The point is made early; the rest is perversity without passion.

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Elliott Stein
Village Voice

One of his most striking films.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Never fully aroused me.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film cannily shifts through different points of view.

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TV Guide

Even more striking than the film's flagrant sexuality and its disconcerting, absurdly comic twists is Kon Ichikawa's stylistic flair -- his use of freeze-frames, distancing insert shots, and unrealistic color.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Odd Obsession," Kenji Kenmochi(Ganjiro Nakamura) is worried about not being able to please his younger wife, Ikuko(Machiko… More