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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 overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ... Mohei
Kyôko Kagawa ... Osan
Eitarô Shindô ... Ishun
Eitarô Ozawa ... Sukeemon (as Saka Ozawa)
Yôko Minamida ... Otama
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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Trivia

Kagawa Kyoko described her participation in this film as her most important as, she claims, it taught her the basis of acting. See more »

Quotes

Osan: No matter what happens to us, I never want to leave your side.
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Connections

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Elegant and methodical
21 March 2006 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Chikamatsu Monogatari" (Crucified Lovers) (Japanese, 1954): Set in 17th century Japan, a series of honorable gestures begins to go terribly wrong, and takes victims with them. Did you know that adulterers at that time were crucified in Japan? This and many more traditions of the Old Way were up for reexamination by the Japanese culture soon after their defeat in World War II. This must have been a time of great doubt for them – after all, wasn't it their past that lead them to their current condition? "Chikamatsu Monogatari" is an elegant, methodical story with tragic twists and turns that never the less head straight into inflexible Fate.


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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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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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