An Actor's Revenge (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


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Actor: Kazuo Hasegawa

Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Director: Kon Ichikawa

Edition: Criterion Collection

Format: Restored

Number Of Discs: 1

Publisher: Criterion Collection

Release Date: 2018-02-20

Running Time: 113

Details: A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution. Set in the cloistered world of nineteenth-century kabuki theater, the film charts a female impersonator s attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents, who were driven to insanity and suicide by a trio of corrupt men. Ichikawa takes the conventions of melodrama and turns them on their head, bringing the hero s fractured psyche to life in boldly experimental widescreen compositions infused with kaleidoscopic color, pop-art influences, and meticulous choreography. Anchored by a magnificently androgynous performance by Kazuo Hasegawa, reprising a role he had played on-screen three decades earlier, An Actor's Revenge is an eye-popping examination of how the illusions of art intersect with life.

- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by critic and filmmaker Yuki Mori
- New interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow

UPC: 715515210713

EAN: 0715515210713