In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. Written by
David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi
Did You Know?
In all previous versions of the tale of Zushiô and Anju that exist, Anju is depicted as Zushiô's older sister. However, for this film, the director, Kenji Mizoguchi
, was so determined to cast as Anju the talented young Kyôko Kagawa
- who was, in fact, considerably younger than Yoshiaki Hanayagi
, who plays Zushiô - that in the film he depicted Anju as Zushiô's younger sister. See more
[quoting his father
"Without mercy, man is not a human being."
Referenced in The Thin Red Line