Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge)
Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 16, 1971
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Throughout, the director, Kon Ichikawa, succeeds in making all the world a stage, mixing theatrical and cinematic devices with earthquake intensity.

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Elliott Stein
Village Voice

An eccentric masterpiece

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A masterclass in satirically nostalgic New Wave modernism.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Amorphous, shadow-cloaked exterior shots and border-free wide-angle panoramas set a uniquely cinematic stage for riveting 1963 melodrama An Actor's Revenge.

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Time Out

A film of phenomenal all-round accomplishment, with daringly stylised visuals.

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Fernando F. Croce

There's a visual slash every minute

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Lawrence O'Toole
Entertainment Weekly

Director Kon Ichikawa works wonders with wide-screen images, including some scenes of dazzling swordplay.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of the most dazzling and stylistically audacious Japanese films ever made.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The stunningly handsome period film is one of the best to come out of Japan--a masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
such a weird film. your basic revenge plot highly stylized. kazuo hasegawa is pretty amazing as the cross-dressing kabuki actor who elaborately plots the… More
Kylie B
I loved this film. I found it because of my interest in Onnagata, but it is a great film in its own right, with intricate plotting and suspenseful atmostphere.