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Chikamatsu monogatari (1954)

Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

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Mohei
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Osan
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Ishun
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Sukeemon (as Saka Ozawa)
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Otama
Haruo Tanaka ...
Gifuya Dôki
Chieko Naniwa ...
Okô
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Gembei
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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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The Tale of the Crucified Lovers  »

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The movie is based on a play by the classic Japanese author Monzaemon Chikamatsu (1653-1725). The original title "Chikamatsu monogatari" means "A Tale From Chikamatsu". See more »

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Osan: No matter what happens to us, I never want to leave your side.
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Nothing is more unpredictable than a person's fate
20 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set in 17th century Japan, and based on a 1715 play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (hence the title, 'A Story From Chikamatsu'), this film starts with a rich scroll-maker (Eitarō Shindō) refusing to give his wife (Kyōko Kagawa) money. When she turns to one of his top apprentices (Kazuo Hasegawa), she sets in motion of a chain of events that ultimately have them fleeing together, because the apprentice, normally a virtuous man, intended to take the money from the scroll-maker and was caught.

The story reveals emotion and desire that is both on the surface, such as the scroll-maker sexually harassing a young servant (Yōko Minamida), as well as that which is concealed. It shows us the randomness of events which may cause everything to suddenly change in one's life; as the wife puts it at one point, "Nothing is more unpredictable than a person's fate. In just one day, all of this has happened to us." If you've ever had your life flip suddenly because of love, you'll identify.

The film also shows the all-too-common fate of women; the advice given to the young servant being harassed is to "Just take it. That's the duty of an employee." Adultery is also blamed first and foremost on the women ("It's frightening what women are capable of"), and it's ominous when a couple of adulterers are being led through the town to be crucified early on in the film.

It's a solid film throughout – the cast is strong, the story is well told, and there are some gorgeous scenes, one of which is in a bamboo forest. I don't think it's going to blow you away, but it's a good one.


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