An Actor's Revenge

An Actor's Revenge
  • 1963
  • Japan
  • 1h 53min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kon Ichikawa
  • Written by: Natto Wada
  • Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto
  • Language: Japanese

Hasegawa revives the dual roles he first played in Teinosuke Kinugasa's original 1935 film version, as a kabuki female impersonator and a Robin Hood-like thief. The revenge plot unravels slowly but is worth the wait. Hasegawa's acting is broad, theatrical and of its time, but Ichikawa's inventive interpretation of theatrical conventions and use of Scope framing is immaculate and this new colour print makes the most of the film's undoubted visual splendour.

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