Calgary Cinematheque Presents: A Story From Chikamatsu (1954)
Based on the famous joruri play, where a singer and shamisen player accompany a bunraku puppet performance, this film from the acclaimed director Kenji Mizoguchi is considered one of the masterpieces of Japanese cinema.
Featuring an unforgettable visual style inspired by traditional woodcuts and scroll paintings, and showcasing Mizoguchi's famous long takes, the film is a stirring critique of the forces of greed, social conformity, and misogyny in traditional Japanese society.
Set in the 18th century, the story centres on a complex web of relationships between an elderly scroll maker in Kyoto, his young wife, their maid, and his top apprentice, with tragedy dogging the characters due to a series of presumed affairs and infidelities.
-Written by Ben Rowe
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Eitaro Shindo
Running time: 1 hr 42 min
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