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Princess Yang Kwei-fei (1955)

Yôkihi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 17 September 1956 (USA)
In 8th-century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over the ... See full summary »

Director:

Kenji Mizoguchi

Writers:

Ching Doe (screenplay), Matsutarô Kawaguchi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Machiko Kyô ... Princess Yang Kwei-fei
Masayuki Mori ... Emperor Xuan Zong
Sô Yamamura ... An Lushan
Eitarô Shindô ... Kao Li-hsi
Eitarô Ozawa ... Yang Kuo-chung (as Sakae Ozawa)
Haruko Sugimura ... Princess Yen-chun
Yôko Minamida ... Hung-tao
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Chen-Hsuan-li
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Li Lin-fu
Kinzô Shin ... Servant
Osamu Maruyama Osamu Maruyama ... Li Kuei-nien
Isao Yamagata ... Yang Hsien
Chieko Murata Chieko Murata ... Lu-hua
Michiko Ai Michiko Ai ... Honghua
Noboru Kiritachi Noboru Kiritachi ... Cuihua
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Storyline

In 8th-century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over the court. General An Lushan finds a close relative working in their kitchen whom they groom to present to the Emperor. The Emperor falls in love with her and she becomes the Princess Yang Kwei-fei. The Yangs are then appointed important ministers, though An Lushan is not given the court position he covets. The ministers misuse their power so much that there is a popular revolt against all the Yangs, fueled by An Lushan. Written by Will Gilbert and Brian McInnis

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From the Pool of the Maidens...Long-Ago Cathay...A Serving Girl Too Beautiful to be True...Step Into History...In a Story Too Beautiful to Miss...A Magnificent New Film from Japan! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | Hong Kong

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,398
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Yamiko Kyo was doubled for the bathtub scene by a stripper, as it was considered unthinkable that she should be seen in person in the nude. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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mizoguchi again creates one of the most beautiful movies i have ever seen
20 March 2000 | by FilmBoy999See all my reviews

Princess Yang Kwei Fei is an absolutely wonderfully and touching movie, which features Mizoguchi's astoundingly beautifully storytelling and direction. The Cinderella style story of a peasant step sister who is suddenly made the bride of the emporer and their ultimate love is totally spellbinding. This is not a film to watch lightly, it requires concentration and appreciation of the beauty of the film. If you've never seen anything by Mizoguchi watch Ugetsu as well. It's beautiful and only 90 minutes long for those who can't take subtitles (losers). 10 out of 10.


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