Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) (1954)

Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers)





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Master filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi directs this tale of star-crossed lovers, based on a puppet play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu. Set in 1693 during a period of rigid feudal hierarchy and strict social customs, the film unfolds in the estate of a miserly scroll maker named Ishun (Eitaro Shindo). While Ishun busies himself by harassing a comely worker named Otama (Yoko Minamida), Ishun's wife, Osan (Kyoko Kagawa), is approached by her ne'er-do-well brother, Doki, who needs money. Knowing that there is … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Monzaemon Chikamatsu, Matsutar˘ Kawaguchi
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Criterion Collection


as Morinokoji
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Critic Reviews for Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers)

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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Hardly Mizoguchi's finest film, but this period passion play has moments of brilliance amidst all the complicated melodrama.

Full Review… | February 19, 2008

August 8, 2005

Audience Reviews for Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers)

As someone who is not a film student or critic, I believe I got less out of the film. For a casual viewer, it's still a relatively engaging film provided you're into (period) drama and don't run screaming at subtitles or black and white.

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