An Actor’s Revenge
Location la: Redstone Theater
Dir. Kon Ichikawa. 1963, 115 mins. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles. With Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao. “In a seventeenth-century Japan created entirely on stage sets, a female-impersonating Kabuki actor carries out a morally complicated revenge, all the while inciting desire and breaking the hearts of men and women with his perfect feminine beauty. Reprising his original 1935 film role Kazuo Hasegawa gives an astounding double performance as both the tragic hero/heroine and the do-gooding thief who falls under the actor’s androgynous spell. Combining social satire, Kabuki tragedy, and martial arts choreography, An Actors Revenge is a dazzling homage to theatricality and ‘realness.'”—Donal Mosher
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