An Actor's Revenge

An Actor's Revenge

An Actor's Revenge is an interesting tale that I see has been told multiples throughout the history of Japanese cinema just like The Ballad of Narayama. When I first started watching this I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch yet another revenge plot because I feel I've watched a fair amount recently despite loving revenge plots usually but too much of anything can get to be too much. However, this film isn't one of the usual outright violent killing revenge films. Instead, it's slower and more calculated as Yukinojo plans to slowly ruin the men who ruined his and his family's lives. What really won me over with this film was the characters and despite the amount of them all of them work so well in conjunction with each other. The most delightful of these recurring characters are the two thieves, Ohatsu and Yamitaro, who both serve as antagonists but also allies to Yukinojo as he works on his plot to take out Sansai Dobe, Kawaguchiya, and Hiromiya. Kon Ichikawa makes these characters enjoyable so it doesn't feel like it's a waste of time to watch them as they're just as intriguing if not more so than what's going on with Yukinojo at times. At the beginning of the film, it notes that this is Kazuo Hasegawa's 300th film role which is obvious as even though he plays an onnagata in Yukinojo and a thief in Yamitaro his performance leaves nothing to be desired because he is absolutely perfect in this role in this amazing film

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