Yukinojo henge ~ An Actors Revenge (Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1963)

7.4/10 IMDb, 95% Rotten Tomatoes

I bought myself a book called 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Always looking for a challenge, and I never know what I want to watch, I figured I would make a game out of it. The book only goes to 2018, so I added People Magazine’s Top 10 movies of 2019 to the list as well. (Although if you read my posts on their top 10 albums of 2019, I’m not sure they are a great judge of anything.) I assigned each a number and used a random number generator to pick a movie. I ended up with this one – Japanese, subtitles and all.

I don’t really know how to format my movie reviews as obviously they are nothing like reviewing an album. But I will try my best…

Initial Thought: What have I gotten myself into? Luckily Scott was out of town because there was no way he would have sat through even 5 minutes of this with me. Not because it’s necessarily a bad movie but, right off the bat, I knew this wouldn’t be his thing.

The movie is filmed beautifully. The beginning scenes are in a Japanese theater and the colors are vivid and gorgeous. The way the movie is filmed is very different than most films I have seen and I really liked watching it. The main storyline was interesting – an actor out to avenge his mother and fathers death. It was the subplots that confused me. I don’t know enough about Japanese culture and the Kabuki theater, so that could be why I didn’t understand some of the references. I know that women were sometimes not allowed to act, so the main character portrays a woman on stage, but continues to portray a woman outside of the theater. We could make the argument that he is transgendered, but it’s not really played that way.

Would I recommend this movie: Yes, because I would love someone else’s take on it. But you really have to be ready for it. If you don’t want to think during a movie, don’t do it. Did I love the movie? No, but I’m still intrigued by it so I would love someone else’s thoughts on it.

My Rating: 3.75/5 (Can I rate in quarters? It’s my blog, so I say YES!)