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Stolen Desire (1958)

Nusumareta yokujô (original title)
A rumbunctious and ribald tale of a troupe of travelling actors who alternate highlights of kabuki theatre with strip shows.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

Writers:

Tôkô Kon (novel), Toshiro Suzuki
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Osamu Takizawa Osamu Takizawa ... Taminosuke Yamamura
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa Shin'ichi Yanagisawa ... Ezaburo Yamamura
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato ... Shinichi Kunida
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Kanji Takada
Toshio Takahara Toshio Takahara ... Eisuke Kato
Shôjirô Ogasawara Shôjirô Ogasawara ... Tominachiro Kobayashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki
Hiroshi Chiyoda Hiroshi Chiyoda
Ayako Fukuda Ayako Fukuda
Isamu Horie Isamu Horie
Ryûsei Itô Ryûsei Itô ... Senta
Minako Katsuki Minako Katsuki
Nobuo Kawakami Nobuo Kawakami ... Policeman
Dokô Kihara Dokô Kihara ... (as Kô Kihara)
Michie Kita Michie Kita ... Chigusa Yamamura
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A rumbunctious and ribald tale of a troupe of travelling actors who alternate highlights of kabuki theatre with strip shows.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 May 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Stolen Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Enjoyable early Imamura comedy
30 December 2013 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

Stolen Desire was (I believe) Imamura's second movie, and it already contains may elements of his later, more mature works. While many fans of his may feel that it pales in comparison to his better known movies, it is still very good and is probably as good as any other Japanese movie that came out in 1958.

The story is about a third rate theatrical troupe that is barely scraping by. Included in the troupe is a young college graduate who feels frustrated by the troupe's lack of interest in his ideas for improving their performances. And then there are those pesky romantic entanglements...The biggest Imamura touch in the film is the very earthy characters, both among the troupe and among the townspeople in the town where most of the movie takes place. While none of them reach of the perverse heights of the characters in Imamura's later movies, there are still thieves and peeping toms, con artists and the like. There is little social commentary, but lots of comedy -- sometimes broad (there are lots of shots of bored actors picking their noses) and sometimes gentle. It's interesting to compare this to Ozu's Floating Weeds which came out a year later. It's not in the same league as that masterpiece, but it's still very enjoyable and definitely worth seeing.


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