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『Tale of A Mystical Sword』

Tomu, Chiezo and Yoshie's femme fatale. A sublime Baroque tragedy of Edo Yoshiwara.

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『Tale of A Mystical Sword』

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11/1[thu] 13:30-

Talk: Hiroshi Nishio〔Film Director〕

Data
DirectorTomu Uchida
CastChiezo Kataoka, Yoshie Mizutani
CountryJapan
Year1960
Time109min
LanguageJapanese
SubtitlesEnglish
DistributionToei
Story

Earnest merchant Jiro-zaemon (Chiezo Kataoka) has a birthmark; although moderately wealthy, he gets turned down at every matchmaking. One day, Jiro-zaemon visits Yoshiwara with a client, and spends the night with courtesan Tamatsuru (Yoshie Mizutani)…

Highlight

A masterpiece with efficient structure and intricate art, based on the Kabuki classic "Kagoturube: Awakening from the Intoxication of the Pleasure Quarters" which portrays the sorrow of a naïve man, in the palms of a wicked woman.

Directors info
Tomu Uchida

Born in 1898. Beginning with Thomas Kurihara's silent film that aimed to put a stop to films that casted onnagata (men acting women), Uchida gained recognition as director through his fresh comedy and action films in Makino and Nikkatsu, to be regularly listed best ten in Kinema Junpo by the late 1930's with "Theatre of Life" (1936), "Unending Advance" (1937), and "Earth" (1939). He worked with the Manchukuo Film Association during World War II, and was then held prisoner for seven years in China before returning to Japan. Gaining the aid of same-aged Kenji Mizoguchi and Daisuke Ito, he restarts production post-war with "A Bloody Spear at Mt. Fuji" (1955), exploring storytelling and characterisation in period films through the trilogy "Daibosatsu Pass" (1957-1959) and pentalogy "Miyamoto Musashi" (1961-65), and "Tale of a Mystical Sword" (1960) and "The Mad Fox" (1962) that borrow from classics. The modern suspense film "Straits of Hunger" (1965) shows a more social approach. His filmography is rich in variety with the topics he covers, from ethnic conflict to economy, and his talent in characterisation and depicting shadows. Even being praised as a master, his unchanging attitude, cherishing curiosity and challenging new techniques and methods, has inspired many colleagues.

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