Princess Yang Kwei Fei (1955)

Genres - Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Historical Epic  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi directed Princess Yang Kwei Fei. When first we see her, the "princess" (Machiko Kyo) is a mere servant girl. The reigning princess dies, and the emperor chooses the servant as his wife. Jealousy and back-stabbing doom this union from the start. Mizoguchi charactistically explores the plight of women in the face of a repressive, chauvinistic society--in this instance, 8th century China. Princess Yang Kwei Fei was originally released as Yokihi.



bride, China, death, emperor, family, forbidden-love, greed, jealousy, love, prostitute/prostitution, rags-to-riches, romance, servant, star-crossed-lovers


High Artistic Quality