An Actor’s Revenge
This lush period film stars the compelling Kazuo Hasegawa in dual roles.
Dir Kon Ichikawa
With Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Raizo Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu
Made to celebrate star Kazuo Hasegawa’s 300th performance in cinema, this gender-fluid period film casts him in a dual role as the sardonic gentleman thief Yamitaro and the vengeful onnagata (female impersonator in the kabuki theatre) pursuing the villains responsible for his parents’ suicide. Hasegawa’s versatile acting, Ichikawa’s flamboyant mise-en-scène and the incongruously eclectic musical score combine to make this an unforgettable cinematic experience.