A Story from Chikamatsu 1954
A Story of Chikamatsu centers on talented and kind-hearted apprentice scroll-maker Mohei (Kazuo Hasegawa) and Osan (Kyoko Kagawa), his wealthy but miserly boss's wife. After she turns to him rather than her husband (Eitaro Shindo) to help her get some money to repay her brother's loan, a series of unfortunate developments results in their being falsely accused of having an affair -- a crime whose proscribed punishment is humiliating and painful death by crucifixion.

One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the first half of the 1950s, A Story from Chikamatsu is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution.

Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this delicately delivered indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a "great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi".

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Eitaro Shindo
Country: Japan
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:42:31 | 39.3 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Extras:
• New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa
• Mizoguchi: The Auteur Behind the “Metteur-en-scene,” a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew

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