Goichi Mizoguchi, an aspiring Buddhist monk who became involved in the temple that was owned by his father, through a series of flashbacks, framed as a police interrogation, Mizoguchi ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kagi (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man getting on in years sets out to find a way to resurrect his flagging virility.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Machiko Kyô, Ganjirô Nakamura, Junko Kanô
Otôto (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Keiko Kishi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Period drama set in the 1950's about a couple isolating themselves from the outside world as they attempt to salvage their faltering marriage, no matter what the costs, after the husband has an affair.

Director: Kôhei Oguri
Stars: Keiko Matsuzaka, Ittoku Kishibe, Midori Kiuchi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûko Kotegawa
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies. Sometimes he focuses on spectators, as athletes pass in a blur; sometimes he isolates a competitor; ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Abebe Bikila, Jack Douglas, Hirohito
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao
Nobi (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A girl who had left her home village for life in Tokyo returns to her home years later, and evokes a scandal when the locals discover that she's a stripper.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Hideko Takamine, Shûji Sano, Chishû Ryû
Black River (1957)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Perhaps Kobayashi's most sordid film, Black River is an exposé of the rampant corruption on and around U.S. military bases following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Ineko Arima, Fumio Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima, Chishû Ryû
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Tsukasa, Mitsuko Kusabue
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After his father dies, a disturbed young boy plots to take revenge on the new man in his mother's life.

Director: Lewis John Carlino
Stars: Sarah Miles, Kris Kristofferson, Jonathan Kahn
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Raizô Ichikawa ...
Goichi Mizoguchi
...
Tokari
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Tayama Dosen
Yôichi Funaki ...
Tsurukawa
Tamao Nakamura ...
Woman at Gobancho
Jun Hamamura ...
Goichi's Father
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Aki, (Goichi's mother)
...
Mistress of the floral art
Kinzô Shin
Yôko Uraji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saburô Date ...
Police detective A
Jun Fujikawa
Sentarô Godai
Yûji Hamada
Takashi Hata
Edit

Storyline

Goichi Mizoguchi, an aspiring Buddhist monk who became involved in the temple that was owned by his father, through a series of flashbacks, framed as a police interrogation, Mizoguchi unravels the story of his obsession with the temple beginning with his childhood.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

arson | arsonist | based on novel | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 August 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Flame of Torment  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A movie that should never have been made.
2 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Until film directors or writers can transmit information telepathically, I believe it's a complete waste of time to try to make a movie based on a novel like Mishima's "Temple of the Golden Pavilion". This movie is basically only a sequence of episodic occurrences without any explanation of the thoughts, feelings, and obsession that drove Mizoguchi to his final, self-destructive act; the novel, on the other hand, is almost completely dominated by such explanation, and the episodes depicted in this film serve in the novel essentially as jumping-off points for Mizoguchi's expostulations on beauty, deformity, isolation, etc. The very essence of his story is exactly what's missing from this film, and its absence renders the movie incomprehensible to those who haven't first read the novel. I watched it within a couple of weeks of having read "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" and so had a good idea of the story; my wife had not read it and found the story frankly puzzling, and I was at a loss as to how to explain to her Mizoguchi's motivations for his actions. The episode of his defacing the scabbard of the naval cadet's scabbard, for example, comes across in the movie as just a peevish act of petty revenge for the other students mocking his stammer. Completely absent from the movie are such central issues as his feelings towards his father and, especially, his mother (including the traumatic experience of witnessing his mother's adultery, which passes almost invisibly in the movie); his feelings towards the Superior and his need to rouse the old man to anger and condemnation; his relationships with Kashiwagi and with Tsurukawa (the latter missing entirely from the movie); and above all, his overarching obsession with the Golden Pavilion itself and all it symbolizes to him. From the movie alone, one gets the impression that the almost completely inarticulate monk just suddenly decides to burn the temple down for virtually no reason, whereas in the novel, he explains frequently and at almost exhausting length what the Golden Pavilion means to him and why he comes to decide that he has to destroy it. Where, for instance, in the movie is even the hint that his obsession with the Golden Pavilion renders him essentially impotent? By his telling in the novel, that is one of the main factors of his desperation. This movie is only a paltry shell of the work on which it was based. If you must watch it, read "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" shortly before you do, or you'll be completely at sea!


12 of 61 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD??? jgalt69-1
Discuss Enjô (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?