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The Princess Yang Kwei Fei (Yôkihi) (1955)

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Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi directed Princess Yang Kwei Fei. When first we see her, the "princess" (Machiko Kyo) is a mere servant girl. The reigning princess dies, and the emperor chooses the servant as his wife. Jealousy and back-stabbing doom this union from the start. Mizoguchi charactistically explores the plight of women in the face of a repressive, chauvinistic society--in this instance, 8th century China. Princess Yang Kwei Fei was originally released as Yokihi. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Machiko Kyo
as Princess Yang
Masayuki Mori
as Emperor Xuan Zong
Sakae Ozawa
as Yang Kuo-chung
Kinzo Shin
as Servant
Eitaro Shindo
as Kao Li-hsi
Haruko Sugimura
as Princess Yen-chun
Isao Yamagata
as Yang Hsien
Sô Yamamura
as An Lushan
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Princess Yang Kwei Fei miraculously reproduces the comings and goings of the hero's thought, and it is in this sense that Mizoguchi's realism is most classical.

January 14, 2013 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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