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A Story from Chikamatsu (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

A Story from Chikamatsu (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
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A Story from Chikamatsu Blu-ray
Criterion | 1954 | 102 min | Not rated | Nov 06, 2018

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Japanese: LPCM Mono


Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515222914

A Story from Chikamatsu (The Criterion Collection)(1954) Blu-ray

One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the early 1950s, A Story from Chikamatsu (a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers) is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution. Based on a classic of eighteenth-century Japanese drama, the film traces the injustices that befall a Kyoto scroll maker's wife and his apprentice after each is unfairly accused of wrongdoing. Bound by fate in an illicit, star-crossed romance, they go on the run in search of refuge from the punishment prescribed them: death. Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this subtly sensuous indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a "great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi."

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Starring: Kyoko Kagawa, Kazuo Hasegawa

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa
- Mizoguchi: The Auteur Behind the "Metteur-en-scène," a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew
- Trailer
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Haden Guest

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