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The Crucified Lovers (1954)
"Chikamatsu monogatari" (original title)

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In 17th century Kyoto, Osan is married to Ishun, a wealthy miserly scroll-maker. When Osan is falsely accused of having an affair with the best worker, Mohei, the pair flee the city and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ...
Mohei
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Osan
Eitarô Shindô ...
Ishun
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Sukeemon (as Saka Ozawa)
Yôko Minamida ...
Otama
Haruo Tanaka ...
Gifuya Dôki
Chieko Naniwa ...
Okô
Ichirô Sugai ...
Gembei
Tatsuya Ishiguro ...
Isan
Hiroshi Mizuno ...
Kuroki
Hisao Toake ...
Morinokoji
Kazue Tamaki ...
Jushiro Umegaki
Kimiko Tachibana ...
Umetatsu Akamatsu
Keiko Koyanagi ...
Okaya
Sayako Nakagami ...
Osono
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In 17th century Kyoto, Osan is married to Ishun, a wealthy miserly scroll-maker. When Osan is falsely accused of having an affair with the best worker, Mohei, the pair flee the city and declare their love for each other. Ishun orders his men to find them, and separate them to avoid public humiliation. Written by Will Gilbert

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Beautiful, but inferior to Mizoguchi's Masterpieces
9 August 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

I never heard of Mizoguchi's "Chikamatsu monogatari" before until a friend of mine who loves Mizoguchi's films showed it to me recently. It is a beautiful, haunting, and emotionally involving study of forbidden love between a rigid merchant's wife, Osan, and her devoted servant, Mohei, in 17th century Kyoto. The lovers are unfairly punished for having an affair; Osan escapes her husband's home while Mohei is forced into exile. "Chikamatsu" is a highly charged work, but I'm not entirely sure if I would call it a masterpiece on par with "Zangiku monogatari", "The Life of Oharu", "Ugetsu", "Sansho dayu", and "Princess Yang Kwei Fei" - Mizoguchi's richest and most beautiful films. The photography is extraordinarily ravishing and evocative, with Mizoguchi's masterful fluid camera. Also, the sound quality of "Chikamatsu" is interestingly rich and astounding, but the film doesn't stay with you for a while like those aforementioned films. Overall, this is a minor Mizoguchi: beautiful and haunting at times, but inferior to his renowned masterpieces.


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