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Criterion Collection: An Actor's Revenge

Criterion Collection: An Actor's Revenge

Director: Kon Ichikawa Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao

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Overview

In this renowned and classic Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa, the great Kabuki onnagata Kasuo Hasegawa celebrates his 300th film appearance in a role designed especially for him. One of the classic theater styles of Japan, Kabuki does not use women in female roles. Highly trained male actors, called "onnagata," perform in them, and are often more convincing as women than many women might be. In the story, set in 1836, Yukinojo (Kasuo Hasegawa) is an onnagata, travelling to Edo in feminine disguise. On his journey, he recognizes three ruthless merchants who ruined his father's business, driving him to suicide. Pledged to revenge his father's death, he follows them, and with the help of a mysterious bandit martial artist named Yamitaro (also Hasegawa), fulfills his pledge, even though this means the destruction of one of the merchant's innocent daughters, who has fallen in love with him. Actor Hasegawa performed these same roles in a 1935 film version of this same story, directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, who consulted on this film.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2018
UPC: 0715515210713
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 2,099

Special Features

Rare 1999 Director's Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by film critic Yuki Mori New interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kazuo Hasegawa Yukinojo Nakamura/Yamitaro the Thief
Fujiko Yamamoto Ohatsu
Ayako Wakao Namiji
Raizo Ichikawa Hirutaro
Shintaro Katsu Hojin
Ganjiro Nakamura Sansai Dobe
Eiji Funakoshi Heima Kadokura
Eijiro Yanagi Hiromi-ya
Jun Hamamura Isshosai
Kikue Mori Cruel Old Woman
Chitose Maki Townswoman
Narutoshi Hayashi Actor
Chusha Ichikawa Actor

Technical Credits
Kon Ichikawa Director
Yasushi Akutagawa Score Composer
Daisuke Ito Screenwriter
Teinosuke Kinugasa Screenwriter
Setsuo Kobayashi Cinematographer
Otokichi Mikami Original Story
Tamekichi Mochizuki Score Composer
Masaichi Nagata Producer
Yoshinobu Nishioka Production Designer
Yoshio Ueno Costumes/Costume Designer
Natto Wada Screenwriter
Masako Yagi Score Composer

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