Monthly Classics

Double Suicide
MONTHLY CLASSICS

Double Suicide

心中天網島 (Shinju Ten no Amijima)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Double Suicide © 1969 Hyogensha/ATG

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New Wave director Masahiro Shinoda utilizes classic Japanese theatrical conventions and avant-garde film techniques to stunning effect in this brilliant modernist adaptation of Monzaemon Chikamatsu's 18th-century bunraku puppet play about the doomed romance of a married Osaka paper merchant and a courtesan. Among the first films produced by independent film company Art Theatre Guild (ATG)—whose productions from the late 1960s through the 1980s pushed Japanese arthouse cinema in radical new directions—Double Suicide features contributions by some of the era's most innovative artistic collaborators, including composer (and co-writer) Toru Takemitsu and production designer/art director Kiyoshi Awazu.

1969, 104 min., 35mm, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masahiro Shinoda. With Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Tokie Hidari.

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