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Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn

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  • Actors: Daisuke Goto, Yumeka Sasaki, Horyu Nakamura, Ryoko Asagi
  • Format: Import, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Pink Eiga
  • Release Date: April 28 2009
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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A young widow, Noriko, lives with her senile father-in-law, Shukichi, on a farm. He believes his favorite cow, long gone, is still alive. Noriko pretends to be the cow and lets him milk her - a satisfying arrangement for them both. Shukichi's daughter discovers their bizarre relationship and tries to put an end to it. It's known as director Goto's (Scorpion's Revenge, Zero Woman) best film.

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i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfied
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6be66cc) out of 5 stars Bizarre, Sad and Engaging Japanese Pink Film April 10 2009
By Woopak - Published on
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Genuine Japanese Pink films are the type of films that effectively blends eroticism and a powerful narrative. It is easy to dismiss these films as "dressed up softcore" because of the strong sequences of graphic sex and nudity, if you do, then you would miss the message it is trying to convey. Hailed as Daisuke Goto's (Zero Woman) best film, "A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn" is a movie about love, lust and loneliness. It portrays a very odd relationship between a woman named Noriko and a senile old man named Shukichi, that borders on being disturbing but at the same time compassionate.

A 29 year old widow named Noriko (Ryoko Asagi) lives with her senile father in law, Shukichi (Horyu Nakamura) on his farm. Shukichi believes that his favorite cow, recently deceased is still alive. Trying to keep him from further heartache, Noriko pretends to be his cow and lets him milk her--a satisfying arrangement for the both of them. However, Shukichi's daughter Mitsuko (Yumeka Sasaki) discovers the bizarre relationship and threatens to put an end to it.

Written and directed by Daisuke Goto, "A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn" is truly bizarre and honestly, a little disturbing. It uses the relationship between Noriko and her father in law to portray emotions and that feelings often sneak up when you least expect it. The film's narrative is quite simple and truth be told its message is very real. One may wonder as to why Noriko would subject herself to a humiliating position, but the film does make it abundantly clear. Hideo, Noriko's dead husband died at the same time as Shukichi's favorite cow. I suppose the two feel rather dependent on each other for comfort, and they feel alienated from others. Director Goto uses the "milking cow" metaphor to express the need for happiness and denial from hurtful truths.

Goto also incorporates a dose of a relationship that would be frowned upon--a doctor (Haruki Jo) is having sex with his nurse, Chiriko (Sakura Mizuki). The doctor is several years her senior and such a relationship will undoubtedly be frowned upon, but their blossoming relationship says a lot to people who should go with their heart and the hell with what people think. Shukichi and Noriko's relationship is much more complex, and no doubt be more condemned. People should just mind their own business I say.

This is a Japanese pink film and one wouldn't be hard-pressed to dismiss its narrative because of the truly graphic sex scenes. The sex scenes are gratuitous and the nudity is strong. The infamous hand over the female crotch area appears to be the signature of pink films and there are scenes of semi-penetration with almost full frontal nudity that are almost highly visible. All three actresses got to show their stuff and they did look like they were enjoying the scenes of vigorous sex. Those looking for pervy kicks won't be disappointed.

Plus, the acting by our two leads is quite strong. Ryoko Asagi looks very simple but she maintains that very erotic personality. Asagi was excellent in her portrayal as the "torned" widow of Shukichi's son Hideo. She manages to flesh out her character with a display of sadness and raw emotion even with the film's 58 minute run time. Horyu Nakamura is somewhat funny at times but at the same time a tad repulsive, I thought Goto was challenging us to feel pity for him. Yumeka Sasaki plays the daughter who is obviously all mixed up. She was raped by the land developer, Namamitsu (Hajime Seiji) which is why she left but she still agrees to have sex with him after many years. Quite an odd turning of events don't you think?

"A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn" is a different kind of art house cinema. It's easy to dismiss it as a sleazy skin flick and I think this would be the wrong approach to this film. The film does have some very human and compelling characters, even though they are a bit bizarre; one has to look past the very gratuitous sex scenes to appreciate its engaging narrative. The film's final act maybe easily misunderstood, but I thought it added a whole new level in emotional impact and an exercise in the proper morals--giving up your own happiness for someone's welfare. Sad, bizarre but truly bold in its execution, and while not a film for everyone, I did enjoy the film.

Recommended timidly [3 ½ + Stars]
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bd17f8) out of 5 stars wonderfully erotic sequences July 8 2009
By Mr. C. P. Underwood - Published on
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A most unusually themed `pink' wherein, Ryoko Asagi puts in a great performance as she successfully convinces us that she covers for her father-in-law's long lost cow. There are wonderfully erotic sequences and some wry humour but essentially this is a movie centred around the increasing senility of the ageing small holding owner, whose son has died and his wife played by Ryoko, has hung on in there. There is some fine cinematography, illuminating the rural scenes but this is never seeming to end gloriously and indeed in the end there is much pathos and a real sense of loss and generosity of spirit. Mind you if you are looking for fleshy sex, there is plenty here, so don't be put of by the serious side. One more film that surely could only have been made in Japan.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e1a954) out of 5 stars This Short Movie is Not Worth Watching! April 10 2016
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I purchased this movie because it received 4 stars, the reviews were generally positive and the cost was essentially the same as renting. However, having watched the movie, it is clear that the reviewers watched another movie or the reviewers have a financial interest in the movie because there was a big disconnect between what they said and what I saw. The movie appears to have been edited from a normal length movie to something close to a short film done by highschoolers (not even close to the collegiate level). This results in the movie being rushed and lacking in any real story that would make the viewer interested. The proposed plot involves the father-in-law (FIL) and daughter-in-law (DIL) mourning the lost of the things they loved most (a cow for the FIL, and the husband for the DIL). Both the cow and the husband were lost in an auto accident when the husband tried to forcibly remove the cow from the farm to sell it over DIL's desperate objections. I thought the movie was a comedy but although I laughed, I laughed for the wrong reasons. The only redeeming quality in the movie is that it is so short that by the time you conclude that it is not supposed to be a comedy and is not worth your time, it is over - assuming of course, you make it through the initial scene in which the FIL attempts to milk the DIL like a cow (which I assume is the case because the breast and hands are intentially blurred out (yes, an NR movie with breasts blurred out). Also, the movie lacks adequate explanations of crucial issues such as why the cow needed to be sold, why was the FIL attached to the cow, why did the DIL react the way she did, why we should not sue, etc.. Characters were introduced sporadically with no true relevance to the plot and no obvious purpose. Some scenes seem to stop in midstream making one wonder if they were cut to save time and money. And, for the adults who like to enjoy movies that include adult content, this is not the one. Except for the questionable theme of milking a woman like a cow, this would easily be a PG movie. There were reviewers that mentioned or suggested that the movie contained explicit adult scenes. This is absolutely false in the movie I watched. I was suspicious of the reviews about the quasi-pornographic nature of the movie because I have watched many "Asian" films and it has not been my experience that these films are that explicit, with a few exceptions. My thoughts were that perhaps someone was very intolerant of mature themes. The movie contained 2 scenes in which breast were blurred out (during human-cow milking) and no nudity or sex scenes. The closest "sex scene" was a doctor groping some woman while she was fully clothed. It was more anti-sexual than sexual. I don't think I can give this no stars because of the rating system but I would if I could. In fact, this movie owes me a couple of stars for watching and a refund. Bottom line, don't waste your time time on this movie. There are better infomercials to watch.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e1a600) out of 5 stars The most elegant porn film ever . . . Sept. 13 2010
By Richard Todd - Published on
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. . . or can we even call it a porn film? Well yes, I think we can; there is a lot of explicit sex in it, not all of which in necessary to advance the plot. Still, the sex is all over well before the achingly sad ending. How many porn films leave you teary? My cinematic tastes run mainly to art films, but I do watch a few porn flics. Most of them are atrocious and I approached this one with great trepidation given its seemingly grotesque premise. Yet it turned out to be beautiful and involved characters that I cared about.

Incidentally, the blurb on the film's Amazon page says that the score is by Hajime Oba. It is actually by Handel, Ombra mai fù from his opera Xerxes. It's presented in an arrangement, possibly by Mr. Oba, for string orchestra. Although the playing could use more polish, the music is a major contribution to the emotional depth of the film. The piece is commonly known as "Handel's Largo."
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6902f48) out of 5 stars A Lonely Photographer Weeps at Censors . . . April 19 2016
By Otto Hannah - Published on
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Please do the film maker and the actors and all involved justice. I couldn't believe the terrible resolution. Not the result of the medium; just poorly done. And then when it came to the scenes where Asagi was naked in the barn and they fuzzed out her body, I was appalled. What moral imperative is being protected here? Is this the Japanese censors? If people want to watch such badly butchered cinematography, please let them know that that is what is coming. I was hoping to see a crisply produced image and when it went from fuzzy to fuzzier, I could not continue. Sorry, but I'm a photographer who treasures good cinematography, and between the censors and the distributors, this is a hit job.