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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray
 
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection / 残菊物語 / Zangiku monogatari
Criterion | 1939 | 143 min | Not rated | Sep 13, 2016

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Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515186018

DRAMA
FOREIGN
ROMANCE

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

The tale of a generational conflict between a father and son over a marriage.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Writer: Yoshikata Yoda


The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

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 (Shotaro Hanayagi), who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse (Kakuko Mori) for support and affection—and she soon gives up everything for her beloved's creative glory. Featuring fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of kabuki theater in the late nineteenth century, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum is a critique of the oppression of women and the sacrifices required of them, and the pinnacle of Mizoguchi's early career.

Special Features:
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with critic Phillip Lopate about the evolution of director Kenji Mizoguchi's style
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew

STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13.

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