[J-Anime] The Sensualist 好色一代男 (1991)
A story of a man’s erotic experiences since the age of seven, based on the seventeenth-century novel “Koushoko Ichidai Otoko” by Saikaku Ihara.
So we learn about the protagonist of Ihara Saikaku’s 17th century novel The Sensualist in this animated adaptation, which is directed by erstwhile art director Yukio Abe, best known as the art director of the great Sanrio films of the 70s and early 80s, and scripted by erstwhile director Eiichi Yamamoto, best known for directing the experimental adult epic Belladonna.
The visuals of the film are exquisite, creating a sumptuous homage to the art of the Edo period. The characters are modeled after the style of Edo hanga, and are animated with great care under the supervision of the late great FX animator Mikiharu Akabori. Quite simply, the film is a feast for the eyes. Abe Yukio was first and foremost an art director, and the focus on the film is understandably on creating a sequence of beautiful images, which it does marvelously. There are few anime films as beautiful as this one out there.
Title: The Sensualist
Also Known As: 好色一代男 / Koushoku Ichidai Otoko / The Life of an Amorous Man
Genre: Drama, Psychological, Anime
Director: Yukio Abe
Writer(s): Eiichi Yamamoto
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