The Hunter's Diary (1964)
The Hunter's Diary (1964)
The Hunter's Diary ©1964 Nikkatsu

The Japan Foundation, Sydney & ACMI present

The Hunter's Diary


Kō Nakahira | Japan | 1964 | Unclassified (15+)

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Thu 2 Nov 2023

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Combing the silhouetted streets of Tokyo: a labyrinthian film noir.

When a young woman he once seduced is reported dead by suicide, Ichirō Honda assumes the incident to be a pure coincidence with no correlation to his past contact with her. But with the sinister death of another past 'prey’, a paralysing fear possesses him on his late-night escapades shadowing women. As death trails innocent lives behind him, Ichirō, in a seemingly bizarre twist of events, turns from stalker into the one being stalked.

Brought out in 1964 amongst a string of memorable Nakahira releases, The Hunter’s Diary swings expansively towards Japan’s post-war cinematic obsession with film noir. Co-starring the novelist Masako Togawa, on whose book the narrative is based, the film’s opening sequence of scientific imagery eerily foreshadows the darker moods to come.

With mystery crime underpinnings that take us into the shady bars and underground bathhouses of a city awake by night, this suspenseful feature is a shrewd and psychologically thrilling examination of personal, social and legal morality.

Awards & Accolades

Based on the bestseller and Naoki Prize nominee book The Lady Killer by Masako Togawa, who also co-stars in the film.

The Hunter’s Diary… was an important contribution to the thriller genre. A serial seducer neglects his wife, but finds himself suspected of murder when his lovers begin to die… arguably the key creative presence, apart from the director, was Masako Togawa (1931–2016), who not only played the wife, but also furnished the plot of the film.

Alexander Jacoby of Oxford Brooks University, for The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022

Format: 35mm, BW
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: ©1964 Nikkatsu
Courtesy: ©1964 Nikkatsu
Runtime: 123 mins

Event duration

123 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Contains frequent strong references and depictions of sex, moderate nudity, moderate mature themes of suicide, murder, medical and mental illness.


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