BFI Japan: An Actors Revenge (12A)

Japan | 1963 | 113’ | 12a | FL | Kon Ichikawa
Kazuo Hasegawa, Ayako Wakao

Yukinojo, an Onnagata Kabuki actor (who performs as a woman on stage), arrives in Edo ready for his greatest performance: to enact revenge upon the men who caused the death of his parents. Kazuo Hasegawa in his 300th role is excellent as the sexually ambiguous actor, pulling in the audience to create an intimate, theatrical tale. Taking the dramatic, stylized Kabuki stage and making it utterly cinematic, filmmaker Ichikawa uses his background in animation to make this thriller a New Wave classic.  

“Ichikawa takes the conventions of melodrama and turns them on their head, bringing the hero’s fractured psyche to life in boldly experimental widescreen compositions infused with kaleidoscopic color, pop-art influences, and meticulous choreography.” Criterion

Screening as part of BFI Japan 2021: 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.



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