A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn

Shukichi is an old man, living with his widow daughter-in-law Noriko. They live in a farm. Shukichi believes that his favorite cow, which died few years ago with his son, is still alive. Noriko pretends to be the cow  and she lets him milk  her every morning.

You can't get more convincing storyline for a Pinku eiga (ピンク映画) than this one. So I watched the movie. But the movie came as a pleasant surprise. Instead of satisfying guilty pleasures; it was a touching, simple movie about love, duty, old age and death.

Prior to watching Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn, I watched ‘Sasori in USA’ directed by Daisuke Gotô. So I didn’t have much expectation with the movie. But the first 10 minutes hooked me and I watched it with my full attention.

In director’s note featured in the disc, Daisuke Gotô says he took inspiration from Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 and Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring. Well, inspired or not this time he knew what he was doing. The actors  helped him as well. Ryôko Asagi played her part as tired, lonely young widow beautifully.

Though erotic sequences and the theme of forbidden love were not the highlight. But they were presented beautifully.

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