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An Actor's Revenge (1963)

Yukinojô henge (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 June 1971 (USA)
Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo.

Director:

Kon Ichikawa

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Otokichi Mikami (newspaper serial), Daisuke Itô (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ... Yukinojo Nakamura / Yamitaro the Thief
Fujiko Yamamoto ... Ohatsu
Ayako Wakao ... Namiji
Eiji Funakoshi ... Heima Kadokura
Narutoshi Hayashi Narutoshi Hayashi ... Mukuzu
Eijirô Yanagi ... Hiromi-ya
Chûsha Ichikawa Chûsha Ichikawa ... Kikunojo Nakamura
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Sansai Dobe
Yutaka Nakayama Yutaka Nakayama ... Townsman
Chitose Maki Chitose Maki ... Townswoman
Toshio Chiba Toshio Chiba ... Ronin
Kôichi Mizuhara Kôichi Mizuhara ... Dobe's Man
Saburô Date Saburô Date ... Kawaguchi-ya
Shirô Ôtsuji Shirô Ôtsuji ... Civil Guardsman
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Isshosai
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While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ruining them... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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kabuki | year 1836 | love | kimono | japan | See All (8) »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 June 1971 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Version of Yukinojô henge: Daiippen dainihen (1935) See more »

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One of the most visually exciting movies ever
15 June 1999 | by mkiemSee all my reviews

Ichikawa supposedly made this movie "to see what cinema could do." He pulls out all the stops and the result is a masterpiece of visual splendor, wit and style that is stunning as well as very entertaining. The story of a man taking revenge against the people who killed his parents is an old cliched melodrama that was assigned to him. But he turns necessity into a virtue by glorifying the kitsch while at the same time keeping an ironic stance. (don't miss a great visual pun involving a gunshot and a crescent moon.)

He uses the widescreen to full effect in adopting the aesthetics of the Kabuki theater. The sheer visual inventiveness of the movie makes for the best kind of eye candy. There are bold splashes of primary colors and dramatic, very theatrical lighting. Some sets are intentionally artificial-looking while others are not. Somehow the two styles don't clash but instead portray the perfect intermingling of theater and cinema. Similarly, the use of jazz and lounge music(!) seems perfectly appropriate.

Hasegawa, the lead actor, played the same role in a previous version of the movie nearly 30 years earlier. A man who acts like a woman, seducing a woman young enough to be his daughter lends a touch of the bizarre which just makes things more interesting. The movie is graced by Ayako Wakao, at the height of her incredible beauty.


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