Film

An Actor's Revenge
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An Actor's Revenge

雪之丞変化 (Yukinojo Henge)
Saturday, October 17, 2015

An Actor's Revenge © Kadokawa Corporation.

Kon Ichikawa Restorations

Ichikawa was assigned to remake Teinosuke Kinugasa's 1935 melodrama An Actor's Revenge, an enormously popular film in its day, after Daiei studios' dissatisfaction with the returns on the director's previous films. Seeing potential in the material, Ichikawa worked with his wife, Natto Wada, to transform the pulpy source material into a spectacular visual masterpiece. Veteran film actor Kazuo Hasegawa reprises his original role as Yukinojo, an onnagata (a kabuki actor who specializes in women's roles) during the Tokugawa period who seeks revenge on the men responsible for the ruin and suicide of his parents. Ingeniously conceived and executed as a mix of hyper-stylized kabuki theater and Western cinematic realism, An Actor's Revenge features some of Ichikawa's most elaborate use of the widescreen frame, spotlighting Yoshinobu Nishioka's breathtaking production design and Setsuo Kobayashi's vivid Cinemascope photography.

1963, 114 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. With Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Wakao Ayako, Ganjiro Nakamura, Raizo Ichikawa.

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