Japanese director Kon Ichikawa and his wife Natto Wada have collaborated on several film adaptations of literary classics, and in Odd Obsession (1959), they take on Junichiro Tanizaki's novel The Key. The cast is boasts some of the bigger names of the 50s like Tatsuya Nakadai as the young doctor Kimura engaged to the daughter of patriarch Kenji Kenomochi (played by Ganjiro Nkamura who starred in Ichikawa's Conflagration with Nakadai in 1958). The matriarch is played by Machiko Kyo and the daughter is played by Junko Kano. It follows the novel in how the patriarch draws the young fiance into an erotic game with his wife, alienating the daughter. However, the conclusion is very conventional and moralistic and is a departure from the subversiveness of Tanizaki, which is what drew me to the writer initially. The film also benefits from the exceptional cinematography of frequent Kuroswa and Mizoguchi cameraman Kazuaya Minagawa.