Japan 2021

An Actor’s Revenge

+ intro by Jennifer Coates, The University of Sheffield

This lush period film stars the compelling Kazuo Hasegawa in dual roles.

Image from An Actor’s Revenge + intro by Jennifer Coates, The University of Sheffield

Japan 1963
Dir Kon Ichikawa
With Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Raizo Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu
113min
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

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.

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