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Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow (1962)

Koiya koi nasuna koi (original title)
In the reign of the Emperor Suzaku (930- 946 A.D.), various mishaps happen after a strange white rainbow in appearance in the sky over Kyoto. The Emperor orders a famous astronomer, ... See full summary »

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Tomu Uchida

Writer:

Yoshikata Yoda
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hashizô Ôkawa Hashizô Ôkawa ... Abe no Yasuna
Michiko Saga Michiko Saga ... Sakaki no mae / Kuzu no ha / Vixen
Ryûnosuke Tsukigata ... Onono Yosifuru
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kensaku Hara Kensaku Hara
Sumiko Hidaka Sumiko Hidaka
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô
Chôichirô Kawarasaki Chôichirô Kawarasaki
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa
Kenji Susukida Kenji Susukida
Jun Usami Jun Usami ... (as Junya Usami)
Eijirô Yanagi
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In the reign of the Emperor Suzaku (930- 946 A.D.), various mishaps happen after a strange white rainbow in appearance in the sky over Kyoto. The Emperor orders a famous astronomer, Yasunori, to consult a certain Chinese book of secrets to calm the fear of the people. Yasunori has two disciples, Yasuna and Doman. But he desires that Yasuna succeeds him because Doman is interested only in power. Assisted by Yasunori's wife, Doman sends his follower, Akuemon, to kill Yasunori. Doman also steals the secret book and puts the blame on Yasuna and his sweetheart, Sakaki, Yasunori's adopted daughter. Sakaki commits suicide and Yasuna kills Yasunori's wife in his rage. He retrieves the secret book and sets out on a journey without destination. He meets her younger sister, Kuzunoha, with whom he falls in love at Sakaki's home town. Lord Iwakura, Yasunori's brother-in-low, advices the Court that the Crown Prince has no child and this causes tourmoils. Akuemon is summoned to catch a white female ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 May 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow See more »

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Toei Kyoto See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film was listed as one of "75 Hidden Gems - The Great Films Time Forgot" in the August 2007 issue of Sight& Sound Magazine (UK) See more »

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a thoroughly, deliberately crafted film
17 June 2006 | by schererjulSee all my reviews

"Koiya koi nasuna koi" is a film I would characterize as the opposite of "crazy". Everything about it was skillfully and deliberately crafted, controlled.

Ironic that it is over forty years old. Contemporary films could use more of its use and mastery of creative technology. As example are some science fiction films I've seen in the past ten years: a tremendous amount of money, time and effort spent on technology that ultimately resulted in a "muddy-ing" (darkening and blurring) of the image. What is a film, if not the visual image? "Koiya koi nasuna koi" possesses fresh, original colors and image clarity.

I was really touched by the combination of theater, animation, legend/mythology, history, love and ghost stories that created a compelling, totally memorable experience for the viewer. Praise for director, crew and actors.


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