‘Tezuka’s Barbara’ (ばるぼら) is a 2020 Japanese erotic fantasy mystery directed by Macoto Tezuka.
Based on a manga by Osamu Tezuka, the film follows a successful novelist who becomes entangled in a relationship with a mysterious homeless woman. The cast includes Goro Inagaki, Fumi Nikaido, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shizuka Ishibashi, and Minami.
Synopsis: Wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, famous author Yosuke Mikura (Goro Inagaki) makes a strange discovery: a seemingly homeless drunk woman who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara (Fumi Nikaido). He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura’s shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no benevolent guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings – all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.
‘Tezuka’s Barbara’ opens across Japan on November 20, 2020. For more information, visit thirdwindowfilms.com.