The story of the last chrysanthemum

The story of the last chrysanthemum

DVD - 2016 | Japanese
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This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the director's first use of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define his films. The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke, who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection, and she soon gives up everything for her beloved's creative glory.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
ISBN: 9781681432045
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 leaflet.
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video file,DVD video,region 1


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Feb 06, 2018

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二) in 1939 based on the novel by Shōfū Muramatsu (村松梢風), this Japanese drama depicts the life of a male actor specialising in playing female roles in late 19th century Japan and that of his eventual wife.
One of Mizoguchi's greatest films, it delves into the female sacrifice that features most of his major works.
Although considered a story about the traditional Japanese virtue, it is a heartbreaking story with thought-provoking moments, if not a heartwarming theme.

Jan 19, 2018

The essay on the film (on the DVD) is worth seeing since it gives a great background on the director and his works. This is thought to be his best work.
This film (1939, black and white, restored with English subtitles)) is worth seeing. It deal with the place of women and class in Japanese society. ( it is also a similar tale in other societies - e.g., India and Britain). In this case the young woman was not considered good enough for the son of this respected acting family. She sacrificed her life for the actor and his career - a tale of selfless and devoted love. After the actor is created,she is dispensable and would willingly die to further the acting fortunes of her husband.
The story is beautifully told and the director (Kenji Mizoguchi) was exceptional for its time, and still relevant today.

Seelochan Beharry.
Author: The Prehistories of Baseball (2016)

Nov 12, 2016

This is considered to be the first real masterpiece directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, the great Japanese director of films sympathetic to the suffering of women in Japanese society. For me, it was on the level of a Shakespearian tragedy. It tells the story of a struggling Kabuki actor who falls in love with a common woman, a no-no for someone that comes from a famous Kabuki acting family. It is on the Sight and Sound magazine list of the greatest 250 films of all time.


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