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Enjo (1958)

Enjo (1958)






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This docudrama by Kon Ichikawa is based on a real-life incident that took place in 1950. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (also the title of a novel on the subject by Yukio Mishima) rests in the northern hills of Kyoto. The original pavilion was a villa constructed by the Shogun Yoshimitsu (1358-1409) as a place for leisurely relaxation. After he died, the gold-leafed building was given over for religious use as a temple. As this drama relates, a stuttering temple acolyte who loved the building and all the sacred meaning it held, burnt it to the ground. The crazed young man (played by Raizo Ichikawa) believed that Buddhism had become too commercialized after World War II, had sold out its ideals, in fact. His slow descent into mental instability and his final act of arson are the topic of this film. Whereas most Westerners might require more explanation, the story in this drama as it stands would already be known to the average Japanese audience. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Natto Wada, Keiji Hasebe
On DVD: Mar 28, 1995

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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

This dignified, purposeful film is often touching as a case history of doomed innocense at bay. But its coils of compromise and corruption are even more credible and haunting.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
New York Times
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The director's favourite among his own films.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Time Out
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A devastating critique of postwar Japanese society; it signaled Ichikawa's emergence as a mature director.

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
Village Voice
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Brilliant in detailing the events which lead up to this youth's final experience.

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
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