The Hunter's Diary

The Hunter's Diary

classified 15 S

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2022

Ko Nakahira
Noboru Nakaya, Masako Togawa, Kazuo Kitamura
125 mins, Subtitled, 1964, Japan
Primary language

We look back into the archives of Palme D'Or nominee Ko Nakahira and bring you his darkly suspenseful crime thriller from 1964 to our screens.

Based on Masako Togawa's novel of the same name, The Hunter's Diary follows the story of misogynist, philanderer and all-round ne'er-do-well Ichiro Honda (Noboru Nakaya), who meticulously records all his sexual conquests in a book he aptly calls his 'Hunter's Diary'.

One day he discovers in the papers that there's been a murder of one of the women from a previous conquest under mysterious circumstances. And then another. And then another. It appears that Ichiro can be the only suspect in this killing spree...or is he?

Highly dramatic, erotically charged and gruesome at some points, we are pleased to be screening this Nakahira classic in 35mm as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Programme 2022.