An Actor’s Revenge An Actor’s Revenge

An Actor’s Revenge

Kon Ichikawa

 
An Actor’s Revenge (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Feb 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1963
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #912

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.

Cast

Yukinojo Nakamura/Yamitaro the ThiefKazuo Hasegawa
OhatsuFujiko Yamamoto
NamijiAyako Wakao
Heima KadokuraEiji Funakoshi
MukuzuNaritoshi Hayashi
Hiromi-yaEijiro Yanagi
Kikunojo NakamuraChusha Ichikawa
Sansai DobeGanjiro Nakamura
Kawaguchi-yaSaburo Date
IsshosaiJun Hamamura
Cruel old womanKikue Mori
HirutaroRaizo Ichikawa
HojinShintaro Katsu
Narrated byMusei Tokugawa

Credits

DirectorKon Ichikawa
Produced byMasaichi Nagata
Developed byHiroaki Fujii, Kon Ichikawa and Tomio Takamori
Based on the novel byOtokichi Mikami
Adapted byDaisuke Ito and Teinosuke Kinugasa
Screenplay byNatto Wada
Cinematography bySetsuo Kobayashi
Production design byYoshinobu Nishioka
Edited byShigeo Nishida
Music byYasushi Akutagawa and Masao Yagi

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by critic and filmmaker Yuki Mori
  • New interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow

    Design by Ness Higson

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An Actor’s Revenge (Criterion DVD)

20 Feb 2018

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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