Film

Double Suicide
FILM

Double Suicide

(Shinju ten no Amijima)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Double Suicide © 1969 Hyogensha/ATG

In this brilliant modernist adaptation of Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famous 1720 bunraku puppet play about the doomed romance of a married merchant and a courtesan, Shinoda’s direction is perfectly matched by Toru Takemitsu's music and Kiyoshi Awazu's arresting sets.

1969, 103 min., 35mm, b&w. Directed by Masahiro Shinoda. With Shima Iwashita, Kichiemon Nakamura and Hosei Komatsu. Print courtesy of Kawakita Memorial Institute with permission from Janus Films.

Read Double Suicide article by Kimata Kimihiko (PDF)





Part of the Globus Film Series:
Shinjuku Ecstasy:
Independent Films from the Art Theatre Guild of Japan


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