Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)
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Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)
In this renowned and classic Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa, the great Kabuki onnagata Kasuo Hasegawa celebrates his 300th film appearance in a role designed especially for him. One of the classic theater styles of Japan, Kabuki does not use women in female roles. Highly trained male actors, called "onnagata," perform in them, and are often more convincing as women than many women might be. In the story, set in 1836, Yukinojo (Kasuo Hasegawa) is an onnagata, travelling to Edo in feminine disguise. On his journey, he recognizes three ruthless merchants who ruined his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Kon Ichikawa works wonders with wide-screen images, including some scenes of dazzling swordplay."
‑ Lawrence O'Toole, Entertainment Weekly
"One of the most dazzling and stylistically audacious Japanese films ever made."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The stunningly handsome period film is one of the best to come out of Japan--a masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An Actor's Revenge is a stylistically bold and irreverent satire that seeks to reconcile the familiar, traditional elements of native culture with the modern vitality of Western influence in contemporary Japan."
‑ Acquarello, Senses of Cinema
"An eccentric masterpiece"
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"A masterclass in satirically nostalgic New Wave modernism."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Strange tale of Kabuki actor who encounters a wealthy businessman who had destroyed the actor's family."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A film of phenomenal all-round accomplishment, with daringly stylised visuals."
‑ , Time Out
"There's a visual slash every minute"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Packed with stylistic flourishes this is a refined mix of drama and wit that's both fanciful and quietly profound."
‑ , Film4
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