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Crossroads (1928)

Jûjiro (original title)
After falling in love with a courtesan, Rikiya is blinded by ash during a fight in a brothel. Believing the blindness permanent and his opponent dead, Rikiya goes back home to his sister. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Akiko Chihaya ...
Elder sister Okiku
Junosuke Bandô ...
Younger brother Rikiya
Yukiko Ogawa ...
Yada no Onna
Ippei Sôma ...
Man with truncheon
Yoshie Nakagawa ...
Old lady who trades woman
Misao Seki ...
Old man renting second floor
Teruko Sanjô ...
Mistaken women
Keinosuke Sawada ...
Man looking for a fight (as Myoichiro Ozawa)
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After falling in love with a courtesan, Rikiya is blinded by ash during a fight in a brothel. Believing the blindness permanent and his opponent dead, Rikiya goes back home to his sister. Okiku, desperate to protect her brother who thinks himself a murderer, wants to sacrifice herself for him and become a prostitute to pay for Rikiya's treatment. Written by Anonymous

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11 May 1928 (Japan)  »

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Crossways  »

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The first Japanese film to achieve sustained foreign exhibition. See more »

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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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22 September 2002 | by (Oakland, California) – See all my reviews

"Jujiro" is a silent film in more ways than one. The story of a young man whose delusions, first of love then of blindness, lead his supportive sister to dire sacrifice and peril, long stretches are literally silent, he or she alone on screen or silent with a landlord or some such, communicating with us only by gesture or choreography or simply by position within Kinugasa's expressionist sets. Though with a vivid imagination you could watch it with no sound at all, for most a lot will depend on the accompaniment. This year's SFIFF destroyed Kinugasa's other silent wonder "Page of Madness" by letting indie band Superchunk play behind it an electric, mostly electric guitar, score not even keyed to the screen action. Miya Masaoka and Ensemble, with koto, a mix of mostly traditional-sounding percussion, I think a sax, and just once, briefly, a voice, backing "Jujiro" at the PFA, came much closer to the mark.


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