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Japan
1939, 142 min

Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi

  1D3 Friday 30/6 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
  6N3 Wednesday 5/7 13:00 Národní dům Cinema

Kikunosuke is expelled from the Onoe family of kabuki stars and only the maid Otoku supports him while he joins a traveling theatre group. But by the time he’s ready to return to Osaka, she has sacrificed her own health… Based on fact, the story is a sublime meditation on artistry and the space between performance and life.


Synopsis

Side-stepping the military government’s demands for patriotic, morale-boosting subjects, Mizoguchi opted for a story about a kabuki theatre actor in the Meiji era. Kikunosuke is expelled from the Onoe family of kabuki stars because of his selfish and arrogant behaviour, and only the maid Otoku has the courage to tell him to his face that his performances are mediocre. Persuading him to work hard on his craft, she supports him while he joins a traveling theatre group. But by the time he’s ready to return to Osaka, she has sacrificed her own health … Based on fact, the story had already been adapted as a stage melodrama but Mizoguchi and Yoda turned it into a sublime meditation on artistry and the space between performance and life. This film marked the highest point of Mizoguchi’s aesthetic experiments with long takes and sequence shots and is one of his greatest.

Tony Rayns

Contacts

Shochiku Co., Ltd.
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg. 12th Floor, Chuo-Ku, 104 8422, Tokyo
Japan
Tel: +81 355 501 623
Fax: +81 355 501 654
E-mail: ibd@shochiku.co.jp
www: www.shochikufilms.com

About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi
   
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Screenplay: Yoshikata Yoda podle stejnojmenného příběhu / based on the story of the same name by Shofu Muramatsu
Dir. of Photography: Shigeto Miki, Yozo Fuji
Music: Shiro Fukai
Editor: Koshi Kawahigashi
Art Director: Hiroshi Mizutani
Producer: Shintaro Shirai
Production: Shochiku, Kyoto
Cast: Shotaro Hanayagi, Kakuko Mori, Kokichi Takata, Yoko Umemura
Sales: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
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