A Story from Chikamatsu

A Story from Chikamatsu

Kazuo Hasegawa
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa
Kazuo Hasegawa
, Kyoko Kagawa
Kyoko Kagawa
, Eitaro Shindo
Eitaro Shindo
Kenji Mizoguchi

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Master filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi directed this tale of star-crossed lovers, based on a puppet play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu. Set in 1693 during a period of rigid feudal hierarchy and strict social customs, the film begins at the estate of a miserly scroll maker named Ishun (Eitaro Shindo). While Ishun busies himself by harassing a comely worker named Otama (Yoko Minamida), Ishun's wife, Osan (Kyoko Kagawa), is approached by her ne'er-do-well brother, Doki, who needs money. Knowing there is no way that Ishun will agree to the loan, Osan turns to Mohei (Kazuo Hasegawa), Ishun's most trusted clerk, for help, and he agrees to use his master's seal to allocate the funds. Caught in the act, he confesses without implicating Osan. Ishun cruelly beats and humiliates his employee, and locks him in the grain storeroom. A series of mistakes and misunderstandings lead Ishun to believe that his wife and his clerk are having an illicit affair. Mohei flees and Osan leaves soon thereafter, confirming Ishun's suspicions. The two escape first to Osaka and then to the mountains around Lake Biwa, traveling first as lady and servant and later as lovers.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2018
UPC: 0715515222914
Original Release: 1954
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 572

Special Features

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa Mizoguchi: The Auteur Behind the "Metteur en scène," a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew New English subtitle translation PLUS: an essay by film scholar Haden Guest

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kazuo Hasegawa Mohei
Kyoko Kagawa Osan
Eitaro Shindo Ishun
Sakae Ozawa Actor
Yoko Minamida Otama
Haruo Tanaka Doki
Chieko Naniwa Oko
Ichiro Sugai Gembei
Tatsuya Ishiguro Isan
Hisao Toake Morinokoji

Technical Credits
Kenji Mizoguchi Director
Kazuo Miyagawa Cinematographer
Hiroshi Mizutani Production Designer
Masaichi Nagata Producer
Yoshikata Yoda Screenwriter

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