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An Actor's Revenge (1963)

Yukinojô henge (original title)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ...
Yukinojo Nakamura / Yamitaro the Thief
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Ohatsu
Ayako Wakao ...
Eiji Funakoshi ...
Narutoshi Hayashi ...
Mukuzu
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Hiromi-ya
Chûsha Ichikawa ...
Kikunojo Nakamura
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Saburô Date ...
Kawaguchi-ya
Jun Hamamura ...
Isshosai
Kikue Môri ...
Cruel Old Woman
Masayoshi Kikuno ...
Yukinojo's Father
Raizô Ichikawa ...
Hirutaro
Shintarô Katsu ...
Hojin
Yutaka Nakayama ...
Townsman
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While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ruining them... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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16 June 1971 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During an exchange about half-way through the film, two characters are discussing the southern city Nagasaki, and they pronounce it 'NaNgasaki', which indicates the convention of speakers from Tokyo/Edo and the north of Japan, despite both characters notionally coming from the south (i.e. Osaka and Nagasaki), where terminal 'g' is not pronounced 'ng'. See more »

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Version of Yukinojô henge: Daiippen dainihen (1935) See more »

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Kabuki in a kabuki
14 October 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This movie is that rare species - a film that doesn't take itself seriously for a moment, and yet is stunningly well made and original.

According to Donald Richies '100 Years of Japanese Cinema' the director was forced to make this movie (the remake of a popular but very hammy 1930's original) as a punishment for his self indulgence in earlier movies. He responded by turning up the campiness to '11' in Spinal Tap terms.

Kon Ichikawa manages to take the story of a famous Kabuki female impersonator who wrecks revenge on three powerful men who killed his parents both beautiful (the scenery and photography is stunning) and queasy - everyone seems to fall in love with the rather ugly and very feminine leading 'man'. The story is irrelevant (presumably deliberately so), its all an exercise in style. You can see where Suzuki and many other later directors got a lot of their ideas. Kon is a very talented and skillful film maker so despite the fact that the cast are clearly playing it up for laughs, it is extremely well made, with wonderful sets and tight editing. Despite its origins, it is genuinely entertaining and required viewing for anyone with an interest in Kabuki or Japanese design.


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