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Comment: VIDEO from private collection. 1993 CONNOISSEUR VIDEO (small box) (2.35:1 Daiei Scope WIDESCREEN) (110 mins) (PG CERTIFICATE) (PAL) release (CR128), with the original Japanese Language and ENGLISH Subtitles, just as shown. Tape & sleeve are both still in excellent, 'Like New' condition, apart from a very feint, barely noticeable, very small bend mark & an equally feint spot of discolouration along the bottom of the front sleeve. Box is Brand New. Watched again just before listing - played perfectly. Dispatched packed in a well-padded jiffy bag/box, by 1st class Royal Mail/Airmail, usually within 1 day.
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An Actor's Revenge [VHS] [1963]

4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kazuo Hazegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi, Narutoshi Hayashi
  • Directors: Kon Ichikawa
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen, Colour, Mono
  • Language: Japanese
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Connoisseur
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CNOI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,433 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Director Kon Ichikawa's celebrated melodrama tells the story of Yukinojo, a female impersonator in the kabuki theatre who uses his acting skills to take revenge on three men who forced his parents to commit suicide. Seducing the daughter of one, and ruining another with a cunning business plan, Yukinojo soon has his enemies exactly where he wants them. Starring Kazuo Hasegawa in the lead role, the film sets stylised images against a score which ranges from cocktail jazz to traditional Japanese music.


If ever there was a triumph of bricks without straw, this is it. An Actor's Revenge is based on a weary old melodrama that had already been twice filmed before Kon Ichikawa got to it. The action is set in 1836. A Kabuki star famed for his female roles sets out to avenge himself on three rich merchants who drove his parents to suicide, aided by an audacious bandit. In the 1935 film version both roles were taken by matinee idol Kazuo Hasegawa. In this, Ichikawa's 1963 remake, his outrageous ploy was to cast the same actor (now well into his 50s, paunchy and jowly) in the same double role--and then throw at him a whole heap of extravagant visual and stylistic tricks: split screen, distorted colour, strip-cartoon thought-bubbles and more. Rather than trying to rationalise the corny plot Ichikawa plays it at full throttle, revelling in its wild implausibilities and sexual ambiguity: at one point Hasegawa as the bandit watches himself as the actor, in drag, making falsetto advances to a woman. The photography, art direction and jazz-tinged music score all contribute to the mood of shameless bravura. An Actor's Revenge is a film that has to be seen to be disbelieved. --Philip Kemp

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