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Lion in the Mirror (1936)

Kagamijishi (original title)
A short documentary about a great Kabuki dancer.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writer:

Kenji Shuzui (idea)
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Cast overview:
Kikugoro Onoe Kikugoro Onoe ... Yayoi / Shishi no sei (as Rokudaime Onoe Kikugorou)
Kinjirou Onoe Kinjirou Onoe ... Kochou
Shigeru Onoe Shigeru Onoe ... Kochou
Wafuu Matsunaga Wafuu Matsunaga ... Nagauta - Uta
Shinzou Fujita Shinzou Fujita ... Nagauta - Uta
Izaburou Kashiwa Izaburou Kashiwa ... Nagauta - Shamisen
Tazaemon Morotsuki Tazaemon Morotsuki ... Nagauta - Taiko
Junji Masuda ... Roudoku (voice)
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A short documentary about a great Kabuki dancer.

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 June 1936 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lion in the Mirror See more »

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Mono
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Ozu's lone existing documentary
13 December 2003 | by alsolikelifeSee all my reviews

This short documentary by Ozu was intended to present the artistry ofkabuki dancer Kikugoro Onoe IV to both Japanese and foreign audiences. A voice-over narration introduces Kikugoro as well as the dance he performs in the film's second half, in which a young girl is transformed into a resplendent lion (the imagery of which apparently inspired Jean Cocteau as he conceived his own BEAUTY AND THE BEAST). Watching Kikugoro imitate the gestures of a demure maiden you see how he deserved his fame. Ozu shoots the performance in three simple set-ups: a roving frontal shot of the performers on stage, an angled shot from the side of the stage, and an angled longshot that acknowledges the presence of the audience in a way that is unmistakably Ozu.


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