Shijo, the daughter of a poor peasant family is sold to a powerful daimo as a concubine. The daimo has a very religious brother, Gosho who is a monk. The daimo doesn’t really care about Shijo, but is afraid of his fanatic brother.
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I joined Mubi in the hope of seeing this film again before I die. I saw it at the Edinburgh film festival in 1984/85 and it changed my life. I had been serious about Buddhist meditation for about 10 years and was already tormented by having the answer before I had the experience of the riddle. Love? honor? Nirvana? shame? This film is a map for the way from passion to compassion through solitude nature and art.