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Genji monogatari (1951)

 -  Drama  -  2 November 1951 (Japan)
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Based on the classic novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, has gained renown among the nobility of Kyoto for his charm and good looks, yet ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Kazuo Hasegawa ...
Hikaru Genji
Michiyo Kogure ...
Machiko Kyô ...
Awaji no ue
Nobuko Otowa ...
Murasaki no ue
Mitsuko Mito ...
Aoi no ue
Yûji Hori ...
Denjirô Ôkôchi ...
Takuma nyudo
Chieko Sôma ...
Yumiko Hasegawa ...
Oborozukiyo no kimi
Chieko Higashiyama ...
Osamu Takizawa ...
Kiritsubo gomon
Kentaro Honma ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuriko Hanabusa ...
Kiritsubo's mother
Hisako Takihana ...
Taiji Tonoyama ...


Based on the classic novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, has gained renown among the nobility of Kyoto for his charm and good looks, yet he cannot stop himself from pursuing the one object of desire he must never obtain: his father's young and beautiful bride. Following the tragic consequences of his obsession, Genji wanders from one affair to another, always seeking some sort of resolution to his life. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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2 November 1951 (Japan)  »

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Le roman de Genji  »

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Japanese Classic.
27 September 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's amazing to find no appreciations of this jidai-geki classic which combines the talents of several of the county's major film personalities. Hasegawa and Kyo (who steals the picture lecherously licking the blood from his wounds) feature with Kaneto Shindo on script.

This is no way inferior to the best work of Kurosawa and Mizoguchi and establishes Yoshimura as an underrated front runner in the best period of Japanese film making.

Prince Hasegawa's sex life is not impeded by the jealous opposition of the Mikado's wife. Kyo shows up late, with our hero offing the ninja assassins on her case. Indeed the activities of the court appear to be restricted to amorous intrigue, sword dancing and murder plots. This one has the movies' gentlest rape scene too.

Great score, striking, formal images, dodgy opticals and awful post synch.

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