An Actor's Revenge 1963 Criterion Collection
It's a drab tale of melodrama and revenge set in 19th-century Edo (now Tokyo), as an onnagata (a male actor playing exclusively female roles in Kabuki theatre) crafts an intricate plot of retribution against three men who drove his parents to suicide.

Whilst travelling with his theatre troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo tracks down the three successful businessmen who drove his parents to madness and suicide through their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Unwilling to despatch them before they recognise the error of their ways, Yukinojo constructs a byzantine plan in which each man plays a part in the others’ undoing. Only at the moment of their death does Yukinojo reveal who is responsible for their downfall.

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:53:39 | 44.9 Gb + 7.23 Gb
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao
Country: Japan
Genre: Drama

• Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by film critic Yuki Mori (57:59)
• New interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns (13:26)