Tetsuro, a handsome but over-age college student, meets Shino, a beautiful but virtuous saki-shop waitress and falls in love with her. The Long Darkness is a long, solemn, ponderous modern love story set in Tokyo and in parts of northern Japan.
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After watching this film I had to double-check the year of its release. 1972? The stylistic choices and mood are plucked right out of the latter part of Japan's golden era of cinema. At a time of Girl Gangs Gone Wild and Naughty Roman Pornos, it makes me wonder if audiences saw this merely as an odd pastiche of a cinema long long gone.