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Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)

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


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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

Oct 14, 2008

Daiei Studios

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

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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An eccentric masterpiece

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

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

February 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A masterclass in satirically nostalgic New Wave modernism.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's a visual slash every minute

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The stunningly handsome period film is one of the best to come out of Japan--a masterpiece.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strange tale of Kabuki actor who encounters a wealthy businessman who had destroyed the actor's family.

August 28, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Packed with stylistic flourishes this is a refined mix of drama and wit that's both fanciful and quietly profound.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

An Actor's Revenge is a stylistically bold and irreverent satire that seeks to reconcile the familiar, traditional elements of native culture with the modern vitality of Western influence in contemporary Japan.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
Senses of Cinema

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
September 27, 2010
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.
June 17, 2008

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