The seductive Manji is one of several Japanese films with the same title. The work is based on the 1928 Jun’ichirō Tanizaki novel of the same name, about a twisted cycle of sexual obsession. This 1964 version from Yasuzô Masumura — with a script from Onibaba writer-director Kaneto Shindô — follows a doomed love affair through the eyes of a married woman and a beautiful, young model. The couple embarks on a raw, tragic, contemplative, and sometimes melodramatic journey. If you believe that an embrace can be more erotic than sex, this is your film.