The Criterion Collection: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum 殘菊物語 (1939) Blu-ray
  • DirectorKenji Mizoguchi 溝口健二
  • writersShôfû Muramatsu 村松梢風 (novel), Matsutarō Kawaguchi 川口 松太郎 and Yoshikata Yoda 依田義賢
  • CastShôtarô Hanayagi 花柳章太郎, Kôkichi Takada 高田浩吉
  • Film Genre Japanese Cinema
  • CountryUS
  • Language Japanese
  • Subtitle English
  • Year1939
  • Runtime143 Minmins
  • Disc1
  • FormatBlu-ray
  • RegionBluray REGION A
  • Weight(kg)0.15kg
  • ISBN715515186018
Regular PriceHK$316

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The Criterion Collection: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum 殘菊物語 (1939) Blu-ray

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (残菊物語 Zangiku monogatari) Blu-ray

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This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the first full realization of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define the director’s films. Kikunosuke (Shotaro Hanayagi), the adopted son of a legendary kabuki actor 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. Offering a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of kabuki theater in the late nineteenth century, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum provides a critique of the oppression of women and the sacrifices required of them, and represents the pinnacle of Mizoguchi’s early career.