Yukinojo Henge (1935)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - Japan   |  
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Sadly, it's only possible to conjecture at the full scope of Teinosuke Kinugasa's vision for An Actor's Revenge. Missing over two thirds of its original length, the currently available version contains only flashes of the formal inventiveness of his other features like A Page of Madness. A dazzling shot, early in the film, tracking from high above, the bustle of a busy city street, is just a hint of what Kinugasa is capable of. Out of necessity, the plot is also radically compressed, making it difficult at times to follow the story, and characters come and go with such rapidity that it can be hard to keep them all straight. On the other hand, the Kabuki performance scenes, featuring the justly famous Kasuo Hasegawa in his prime, are stunning.