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Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) (1954)





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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 no way that Ishun will agree to the loan, Osan turns to Mohei (Kazuo Shindo), Ishun's most trusted clerk, for help and he agrees to use his master's seal to allocate the funds. Caught in the act, he confesses though never implicating Osan. Ishun cruelly beats and humiliates his employee and locks him in the grain storeroom. A series of mistakes and misunderstandings lead to Ishun believing that his wife and his clerk are having an illicit affair. Mohei flees and Osan leaves soon thereafter, confirming Ishun's suspicions. The two escape first to Osaka then to the mountains around Lake Biwa, traveling first as lady and servant and later as lovers. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi


Hisao Toake
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Critic Reviews for Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers)

All Critics (2)

Hardly Mizoguchi's finest film, but this period passion play has moments of brilliance amidst all the complicated melodrama.

Full Review… | February 19, 2008

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.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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Another excellent work by Mizoguchi, much in the same vein in his other work but it's still distinct enough to stand out. The story is engaging and moves swiftly, with compelling performances by Hasegawa and Kagawa. Really great use of traditional music as well. Just one thing bugs me: the deck is stacked against the protagonists by the outdated laws and mores of their period. This story is sad, but it's not as powerful to a modern audience because it simply couldn't happen that way anymore.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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