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An Actor's Revenge

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Plot Synopsis:

A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution. Set in the cloistered world of nineteenth-century kabuki theater, the film charts a female impersonator’s attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents, who were driven to insanity and suicide by a trio of corrupt men. 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. Anchored by a magnificently androgynous performance by Kazuo Hasegawa, reprising a role he had played on-screen three decades earlier, An Actor’s Revenge is an eye-popping examination of how the illusions of art intersect with life.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:113 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.39:1
    Audio Formats:Japanese LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by critic and filmmaker Yuki MoriNew interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony RaynsPLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow