An Actor’s Revenge

© 1963 Kadokawa Pictures
  • 雪之丞変化
    Yukinojo henge
  • Japan 1963, 35mm, 114 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Kon ICHIKAWA
  • Script: Natto WADA based on a script by Daisuke ITO and Teinosuke KINUGASA
  • Production: Daiei
  • Camera: Setsuo KOBAYASHI
  • World sales: Kadokawa
  • Film copy: Japan Foundation
  • Cast: Kazuo HASEGAWA, Fujiko YAMAMOTO, Ayako WAKAO, Ganjiro NAKAMURA, Saburo DATE
  • With an introduction by Luk van Haute

Yukinojo, a famous female impersonator in kabuki theatre, is driven by his desire to avenge his parents’ deaths. He uses the affection of Namiji (Ayako WAKAO), the daughter of one of their tormentors, to get closer to his goal. A brilliant showcase for Kazuo HASEGAWA, who plays two roles at once, this revenge story is presented as a spectacle of heightened theatricality. Especially Kon ICHIKAWA’s mastery of the scope frame makes this film a captivating experience.

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