Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971)

Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)




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In this renowned and classic Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa, the great Kabuki onnagata Kasuo Hasegawa celebrates his 300th film appearance in a role designed especially for him. One of the classic theater styles of Japan, Kabuki does not use women in female roles. Highly trained male actors, called "onnagata," perform in them, and are often more convincing as women than many women might be. In the story, set in 1836, Yukinojo (Kasuo Hasegawa) is an onnagata, travelling to Edo in feminine … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Daisuke It˘, Teinosuke Kinugasa, Natto Wada
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2008
Daiei Studios



as Yukinojo Nakamura/Ya...

as Namiji

as Sansai Dobe

as Heima Kadokura

as Hiromi-ya

as Isshosai

as Cruel Old Woman

as Townswoman
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Critic Reviews for Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Director Kon Ichikawa works wonders with wide-screen images, including some scenes of dazzling swordplay.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
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An eccentric masterpiece

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
Village Voice
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A film of phenomenal all-round accomplishment, with daringly stylised visuals.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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One of the most dazzling and stylistically audacious Japanese films ever made.

Full Review… | February 16, 2005
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A masterclass in satirically nostalgic New Wave modernism.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)

such a weird film. your basic revenge plot highly stylized. kazuo hasegawa is pretty amazing as the cross-dressing kabuki actor who elaborately plots the demise of the men who destroyed his family when he was a boy. he's in drag throughout but has mad samurai skills and two beautiful women fall in love with him (!) lovely cinematography and set designs but the film is melodramatic and the rhythm feels odd as it's meant to reflect kabuki theater. strange score too. this is a remake of a film from the 30's starring the same actor and he still pulls it off 30 years later

Stella Dallas

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I loved this film. I found it because of my interest in Onnagata, but it is a great film in its own right, with intricate plotting and suspenseful atmostphere.

Kylie B

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