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A Story from Chikamatsu (1954)

Chikamatsu monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | November 1970 (USA)
Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Monzaemon Chikamatsu (play), Matsutarô Kawaguchi (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ... Mohei
Kyôko Kagawa ... Osan
Eitarô Shindô ... Ishun
Eitarô Ozawa ... Sukeemon (as Saka Ozawa)
Yôko Minamida ... Otama
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Gifuya Dôki
Chieko Naniwa ... Okô
Ichirô Sugai ... Gembei
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Isan
Hiroshi Mizuno Hiroshi Mizuno ... Kuroki
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Morinokoji
Kazue Tamaki Kazue Tamaki ... Jushiro Umegaki
Kimiko Tachibana Kimiko Tachibana ... Umetatsu Akamatsu
Keiko Koyanagi Keiko Koyanagi ... Okaya
Sayako Nakagami Sayako Nakagami ... Osono
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Storyline

To save her brother and the ancestral house from the heavy burden of an unfulfilled debt, Osan--the noble wife of the parsimonious but reputable scroll-maker, Ishun--turns to her husband's kind-hearted employee, Mohei. However, a transparent forgery paired with a preposterous accusation will force the pair to escape from the printer's unwelcome Kyoto household, seeking refuge in 17th-century Osaka's inhospitable streets. Now, amid scandalous and disquieting rumours--and constantly under threat--Mohei and Osan seem to fight a lost battle. What fate awaits the fugitives from Chikamatsu? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,311
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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Mizoguchi changed the main actress' role at the last minute. Kagawa Kyoko was to play the role of Otama and Minamida Yoko was to play Osan at first. See more »

Quotes

Osan: No matter what happens to us, I never want to leave your side.
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Beautiful, but inferior to Mizoguchi's Masterpieces
9 August 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

I never heard of Mizoguchi's "Chikamatsu monogatari" before until a friend of mine who loves Mizoguchi's films showed it to me recently. It is a beautiful, haunting, and emotionally involving study of forbidden love between a rigid merchant's wife, Osan, and her devoted servant, Mohei, in 17th century Kyoto. The lovers are unfairly punished for having an affair; Osan escapes her husband's home while Mohei is forced into exile. "Chikamatsu" is a highly charged work, but I'm not entirely sure if I would call it a masterpiece on par with "Zangiku monogatari", "The Life of Oharu", "Ugetsu", "Sansho dayu", and "Princess Yang Kwei Fei" - Mizoguchi's richest and most beautiful films. The photography is extraordinarily ravishing and evocative, with Mizoguchi's masterful fluid camera. Also, the sound quality of "Chikamatsu" is interestingly rich and astounding, but the film doesn't stay with you for a while like those aforementioned films. Overall, this is a minor Mizoguchi: beautiful and haunting at times, but inferior to his renowned masterpieces.


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