in about 100 words or less
Japan 113m, Colour
Director: Kon Ichikawa; Cast: KazuoHasegawa, YamitarōFujikoYamamoto, AyakoWakao, RaizōIchikawa
A successful Kabuki actor seeks revenge for his parents when he discovers the whereabouts of the three men responsible for their deaths when he was a child. Set in early 19th century Japan, Yukitarō remains in costume and character both on and off the stage, as apparently was the practice for some of the top actors who played female roles during that time. Aesthetically, this is a beautiful production that combines stage production with film in original ways, and making use of the strengths of each type of art form (Klaus Ming June 2016).