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An Actor's Revenge (1963)

Yukinojô henge (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 June 1971 (USA)
Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo.

Director:

Kon Ichikawa

Writers:

Otokichi Mikami (newspaper serial), Daisuke Itô (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazuo Hasegawa ... Yukinojo Nakamura / Yamitaro the Thief
Fujiko Yamamoto ... Ohatsu
Ayako Wakao ... Namiji
Eiji Funakoshi ... Heima Kadokura
Narutoshi Hayashi Narutoshi Hayashi ... Mukuzu
Eijirô Yanagi ... Hiromi-ya
Chûsha Ichikawa Chûsha Ichikawa ... Kikunojo Nakamura
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Sansai Dobe
Yutaka Nakayama Yutaka Nakayama ... Townsman
Chitose Maki Chitose Maki ... Townswoman
Toshio Chiba Toshio Chiba ... Ronin
Kôichi Mizuhara Kôichi Mizuhara ... Dobe's Man
Saburô Date ... Kawaguchi-ya
Shirô Ôtsuji Shirô Ôtsuji ... Civil Guardsman
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Isshosai
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While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ruining them... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Plot Keywords:

kabuki | year 1836 | love | kimono | japan | See All (8) »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Actor's Revenge See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During an exchange about half-way through the film, two characters are discussing the southern city Nagasaki, and they pronounce it 'NaNgasaki', which indicates the convention of speakers from Tokyo/Edo and the north of Japan, despite both characters notionally coming from the south (i.e. Osaka and Nagasaki), where terminal 'g' is not pronounced 'ng'. See more »

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Version of Yukinojô henge: Daiippen dainihen (1935) See more »

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In my list of the 10 best Japanese movies
8 September 2001 | by psteierSee all my reviews

A fascinating and painterly film. It often made obvious that it was filmed in a studio. It was very influential and much admired among filmmakers when first released outside of Japan.

Previously filmed in 1935.

Two things to know to better understand the story:

1. Kabuki Actors who specialized in female roles ('onnagata' or 'ayame') used to dress as women even when off the stage. They would wear a piece of purple silk in their hair to hide the area of their scalp that they were required to shave to make them less attractive to other men.

2. Schools of martial arts, painting, etc. were run by a master ('iemoto') whose word was law. Generally each school had secret teachings that were only revealed to selected students as the master's order.


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