Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971)
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as Yukinojo Nakamura/Yamitaro the Thief
as Sansai Dobe
as Heima Kadokura
as Cruel Old Woman
Critic Reviews for Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)
Amorphous, shadow-cloaked exterior shots and border-free wide-angle panoramas set a uniquely cinematic stage for riveting 1963 melodrama An Actor's Revenge.
Director Kon Ichikawa works wonders with wide-screen images, including some scenes of dazzling swordplay.
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A film of phenomenal all-round accomplishment, with daringly stylised visuals.
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
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.
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.
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