Kumagoro’s Face


Theater screening

11/6 10:30–

Online Screening


The second installment of the highly acclaimed Onihei Gaiden series. A quality piece sure to stir emotions of ours living in the present.

Onobu’s husband Masazo, who worked as an okappiki (detective), was murdered by the notorious thief, Kumagoro the Mullet. Now a widow, Onobu runs a small teahouse and raises their only son on her own. One day, she saves merchant Nobutaro who fell ill while traveling. After falling in love with each other and deciding to marry, Nobutaro leaves, promising that he’ll be back in a few days. However, horror hits Onobu when she sees a wanted poster of Kumagoro... In his last years, Akira Inoue dedicated himself to depicting the common people of Edo who persevered in the face of cruel fate. Kumagoro’s Face is one of such masterpieces guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings.

Director Akira Inoue

Actor Shinobu Terajima, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Mari Hoshino, Jundai Yamada, Ken Nakamoto, Sei Hiraizumi

Japan| 2011| 70min| |

  • Love romance
  • Human drama


Akira Inoue [Film Director]

Inoue was born in 1928 in Kyoto Prefecture. After working as an assistant director for Kenji Mizoguchi and Kazuo Mori, he started directing his own films such as Zatoichi's Revenge (1965) and Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess (1966). He also worked on a total of eight jidaigeki pieces for Samurai dorama Channel, namely the four installments of the Onihei Gaiden series starting with Code of the Bandits (2011), Belated Bliss (2015), A Winter’s Day (2015), and finally Mizzling Rain (2017) from the Hashi-Monogatari anthology. Known as a distinguished master of filmmaking, he is an essential figure in the history of jidaigeki.


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