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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 Eitarô Ozawa ... Sukeemon (as Saka Ozawa)
Yôko Minamida ... Otama
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Gifuya Dôki
Chieko Naniwa 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

In 17th century Kyoto, Osan is married to Ishun, a wealthy miserly scroll-maker. When Osan is falsely accused of having an affair with the best worker, Mohei, the pair flee the city and declare their love for each other. Ishun orders his men to find them, and separate them to avoid public humiliation. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Story from Chikamatsu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie is based on a play by the classic Japanese author Monzaemon Chikamatsu (1653-1725). The original title "Chikamatsu monogatari" means "A Tale From Chikamatsu". See more »

Quotes

Osan: No matter what happens to us, I never want to leave your side.
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An accessible masterpiece
30 November 2002 | by davidalsSee all my reviews

The only print of CHIKAMATUS MONOGATARI I've been able to find was abysmal - I almost couldn't watch it. Which is a shame as this is among the greatest Mizoguchi films. The story - which I believe had been done before and since by other Japanese directors - is a bit straighter than my favorite Mizoguchi films (SANSHO THE BAILIFF and UGETSU MONOGATARI), and is essentially a tale of tragic romance, in this case a transgressive romance that crosses strict class boundaries. As always with Mizoguchi, there is an exquisitely expressed tone of defiance, and - bad print aside - I was very pleased. As with all of Mizoguchi's films, I'm eagerly awaiting a restored DVD release - whenever that may come...


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