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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
Ayako Wakao ...
Eiji Funakoshi ...
Narutoshi Hayashi ...
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Chûsha Ichikawa ...
Kikunojo Nakamura
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Saburô Date ...
Jun Hamamura ...
Kikue Môri ...
Cruel Old Woman
Masayoshi Kikuno ...
Yukinojo's Father
Raizô Ichikawa ...
Shintarô Katsu ...
Yutaka Nakayama ...


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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Originally designed as a tribute to actor Kazuo Hasegawa, whose 300th film this was. The film was based Teinosuke Kinugasa's Yukinojô henge: Daiippen dainihen (1935) which also starred Hasegawa in the same dual role. See more »


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

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In my list of the 10 best Japanese movies
8 September 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A fascinating and painterly film. It often made obvious that it was filmed in a studio. It was very influential and much admired among filmmakers when first released outside of Japan.

Previously filmed in 1935.

Two things to know to better understand the story:

1. Kabuki Actors who specialized in female roles ('onnagata' or 'ayame') used to dress as women even when off the stage. They would wear a piece of purple silk in their hair to hide the area of their scalp that they were required to shave to make them less attractive to other men.

2. Schools of martial arts, painting, etc. were run by a master ('iemoto') whose word was law. Generally each school had secret teachings that were only revealed to selected students as the master's order.

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