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Yôkihi (1955)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 17 September 1956 (USA)
In eighth century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over ... See full summary »

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Kao Li-hsi
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Yang Kuo-chung (as Sakae Ozawa)
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Princess Yen-chun
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Hung-tao
Bontarô Miake ...
Chen-Hsuan-li
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Li Lin-fu
Kinzô Shin ...
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Osamu Maruyama ...
Li Kuei-nien
Isao Yamagata ...
Yang Hsien
Chieko Murata ...
Lu-hua
Michiko Ai ...
Honghua
Noboru Kiritachi ...
Cuihua
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In eighth century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over the court. General An Lushan finds a distant relative working in their kitchen whom they groom to present to the Emperor. The Emperor falls in love with her and she becomes the Princess Yang Kwei-fei. The Yangs are then appointed important ministers, though An Lushan is not given the court position he covets. The ministers misuse their power so much that there is a popular revolt against all the Yangs, fueled by An Lushan. Written by Will Gilbert

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Now comes the latest, and very possibly the greatest, in the magnificent Japanese tradition...the story of a serving girl too beautiful to be true...who steps into history...in a motion picture too beautiful to miss! See more »

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mizoguchi again creates one of the most beautiful movies i have ever seen
20 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Princess Yang Kwei Fei is an absolutely wonderfully and touching movie, which features Mizoguchi's astoundingly beautifully storytelling and direction. The Cinderella style story of a peasant step sister who is suddenly made the bride of the emporer and their ultimate love is totally spellbinding. This is not a film to watch lightly, it requires concentration and appreciation of the beauty of the film. If you've never seen anything by Mizoguchi watch Ugetsu as well. It's beautiful and only 90 minutes long for those who can't take subtitles (losers). 10 out of 10.


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