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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 disguise. On his journey, he recognizes three ruthless merchants who ruined his father's business, driving him to suicide. Pledged to revenge his father's death, he follows them, and with the help of a mysterious bandit martial artist named Yamitaro (also Hasegawa), fulfills his pledge, even though this means the destruction of one of the merchant's innocent daughters, who has fallen in love with him. Actor Hasegawa performed these same roles in a 1935 film version of this same story, directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, who consulted on this film. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Cast

Kazuo Hasegawa
as Yukinojo Nakamura/Yamitaro the Thief
Ganjiro Nakamura
as Sansai Dobe
Eiji Funakoshi
as Heima Kadokura
Eijirô Yanagi
as Hiromi-ya
Jun Hamamura
as Isshosai
Kikue Mori
as Cruel Old Woman
Chitose Maki
as Townswoman
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Critic Reviews for Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Amorphous, shadow-cloaked exterior shots and border-free wide-angle panoramas set a uniquely cinematic stage for riveting 1963 melodrama An Actor's Revenge.

Full Review… | October 13, 2015
Village Voice
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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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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
Stella Dallas

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The visual flair is audacious, lively, and incredibly enjoyable to behold. The colors are vibrant, the staging absolutely exquisite. Masterful use of empty space. He exploits the widescreen scope in dazzling and unusual ways. He effortlessly tosses off one bold stylistic flourish after another as if to say, "there's plenty more where that came from!" The acting is top-notch across the board. The story is full of intrigue, suspense, romance, melodrama, and an astonishing playfulness and wit.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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
Kylie B

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