Film

Conflagration
FILM

Conflagration

炎上 (Enjo)
Friday, October 16, 2015

Conflagration © Kadokawa Corporation.

Kon Ichikawa Restorations

Known as Ichikawa's favorite of his own films, Conflagration is the pinnacle of the many acclaimed literary adaptations he and his wife Natto Wada worked on together. Loosely based on true events that also inspired Yukio Mishima's novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the story involves the spiritual and psychological breakdown of an introverted, troubled youth named Goichi (Raizo Ichikawa), whose desire for pure beauty leads him to Kyoto's Shukaku temple, where he becomes an apprentice to the priest. Haunted by the trauma of his father's death, Goichi is unable to reconcile the sacred beauty of the temple with postwar reality, and his absolutist ideals become increasingly distorted until they lead to destruction. Ichikawa's stark, poignant film is unforgettably rendered in stunning black and white by cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa.

1958, 99 min., 35mm, b/w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. With Raizo Ichikawa, Tatsuya Nakadai, Ganjiro Nakamura.

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