|Country:||Japan, Great Britain, Germany|
|Producer:||Shunsuke Koga, Adam Torel|
|Screenwriter:||Hisako Kurosawa, Osamu Tezuka|
|DoP:||Christopher Doyle, Kubbie Tsoi|
|Cast:||Gorô Inagaki, Fumi Nikaidô, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shizuka Ishibashi, Minami|
|Production:||Thefool, Third Window Films, Rapid Eye Movies|
Famous novelist Yosuke Mikura picks up a strange woman from a street. The woman is ranting poetry and says her name is Barbara. The novelist, suffering from a writer’s block, finds a muse in her and develops an almost maniacal obsession over the mysterious woman. As a result, the writer begins to suffer from hallucinations which drive him to sexual encounters with both animals and inanimate objects which he in his deranged state of mind imagines to be women. But it is always Barbara who saves him from such situations.
Director Makoto Tezuka’s film is spiced with abundant jazz notes and is based on the manga “Barbara” by his father Osamu Tezuka (1928–1989), remembered by many in Japan as the “god” of manga. The manga was published in the 1970s and is an adult fantasy story loaded with erotic and occultist elements.