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Double Suicide (1969)
"Shinjû: Ten no Amijima" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  11 February 1970 (USA)
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A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan.

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Kichiemon Nakamura ...
Jihei
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Koharu / Osan
Shizue Kawarazaki ...
Osan's mother
Tokie Hidari ...
Osugi
Sumiko Hidaka ...
Proprietress
Yûsuke Takita ...
Magoemon
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Tahei
Takashi Sue ...
Store owner
Masashi Makita ...
Guest
Makoto Akatsuka ...
Sangorô
Unko Uehara ...
Otama
Shinji Tsuchiya ...
Kantarô
Kaori Tozawa ...
Osue
Yoshi Katô ...
Gosaemon
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Denbei
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In 18th Century in Japan, the paper merchant Jihei (Kichiemon Nakamura) falls in love for the courtesan Koharu (Shima Iwashita), but he can not afford to redeem her from her master and owner of the brothel, since he spent all his money in the place with Koharu. Jihei's wife Osan tries to keep her husband with his two children and asks Koharu to leave him. The two lovers make a pact of double suicide to escape from the rigid rules of the Japanese society of 1720 and stay together after death. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Original Theatrical Japanese Shakespearian Love Story
8 September 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 18th Century in Japan, the paper merchant Jihei (Kichiemon Nakamura) falls in love for the courtesan Koharu (Shima Iwashita), but he can not afford to redeem her from her master and owner of the brothel, since he spent all his money in the place with Koharu. Jihei's wife Osan tries to keep her husband with his two children and asks Koharu to leave him. The two lovers make a pact of double suicide to escape from the rigid rules of the Japanese society of 1720 and stay together after death.

"Shinjû: Ten no Amijima" is an extremely original movie, based on a Japanese puppeteers theater (called "Bunraku") popular play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu. The Shakespearian story of an impossible love is theatrically performed, inclusive with the presence of the "kuragos", the puppet masters that conduct the puppets in the "Bunraku". Although being much related to Japanese culture, this movie is a great experience for those like me that have interest in other cultures. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Duplo Suicídio em Amijima" ("Double Suicide in Amikima")


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