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
[Speaking to his son Zushio on the verge of being exiled and separated from his family
Zushio, I wonder if you'll become a stubborn man like me. You may be too young to understand, but hear me out anyway. Without mercy, man is like a beast. Even if you are hard on yourself, be merciful to others. Men are created equal. Everyone is entitled to their happiness.
Version of The Littlest Warrior