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A Story from Chikamatsu

Spine #949



Release:
Nov 6, 2018
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.37:1 Standard
  • Japanese PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

A Story from Chikamatsu

Other Versions:

Original release


Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Licensor: Kadokawa Herald Pictures




One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the early 1950s, A Story from Chikamatsu (a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers) is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution. Based on a classic of eighteenth-century Japanese drama, the film traces the injustices that befall a Kyoto scroll maker’s wife and his apprentice after each is unfairly accused of wrongdoing. Bound by fate in an illicit, star-crossed romance, they go on the run in search of refuge from the punishment prescribed them: death. Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this subtly sensuous indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a “great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi.”

Supplements
  • New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa
  • Mizoguchi: The Auteur Behind the “Metteur-en-scène,” a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew
  • Trailer
  • An essay by film scholar Haden Guest

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