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Aro Recommended Double Suicide

 

aka: Shinj├╗: Ten no amijima
Japan 1969, 104 minutes
Dir. Masahiro Shinoda
In Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama

Topics: Period - 1700s.

 

Aroview: A landmark of avant-garde Japanese cinema aims to replicate the startling aesthetic of traditional 'bunraku' puppetry in its enactment of an 18th century play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu.

Nakamaru plays a well-to-do businessman whose agonising downfall begins with an affair with a local prostitute, from which point he gradually loses control of his family and business empires. Through the action, dir. Shinoda weaves the presence of black-clad 'kurago' who manipulate the actors and action, as if it were happening 'onstage', producing an unsettling and fatalistic effect. Wonderful b&w visuals are the finishing touch.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 4:3 (original academy)
 

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