- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 14, 2008
- Originally Released: 1963
- Label: Animeigo
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- (Unspecified) - Japanese
- Subtitles - English - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 05/13/1994
"...[With] color schemes to kill for, and brilliant use of wide-screen..."
Perhaps director Kon Ichikawa's most stylistically inventive film, AN ACTOR'S REVENGE was adapted from a newspaper serial written by Otokichi Mikami and stars Kazuo Hasegawa as Yukinojo Nakamura, a celebrated "oyama," or female impersonator, working with the Ichimura kabuki troupe in 1836 Edo. During a performance one night, he catches sight of Sansai Dobe (Ganjiro Nakamura), the magistrate who ordered the murder of the actor's father years before. Despite the objections of his teacher, Yukinojo is intent on taking revenge not only against Dobe but against Kawaguchiya (Saburo Date) and Kokaiya (Eijaro Yanagi), businessmen who were also involved in the crime. He intends to begin by seducing Dobe's daughter Namiji (Ayako Wakao), but when she falls in love with him after seeing him on the stage, Yukinojo begins to approach his plan differently. With rice in short supply, Kawaguchiya has tried to corner the market to best business rival Kokaiya. Yukinojo uses the situation to play the two off one another, resulting in successive tragedies for Kawaguchiya. Kokaiya's next action takes everyone by surprise. Ichikawa weds visual and narrative elements of the Kabuki theater to the conventional revenge plot in a coruscating ballet of light, color, and action.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
While performing in a touring kabuki troop, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge on them.
In Kon Ichikawa's AN ACTOR'S REVENGE, a female impersonator in a kabuki troupe employs seductive disguises and samurai swords to avenge the vicious murder of his parents by a ruthless feudal lord.
- AN ACTOR'S REVENGE first played in the West at the 1978 La Rochelle Film Festival.
- Kazuo Hasegawa again plays Yukinojo, as he had in the earlier 1935 version, directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa.