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La Historia del último crisantemo

残菊物語 | Zangiku monogatari

Dirigida por Kenji Mizoguchi
Japón, 1939
Drama, Romántico


La trama de esta cinta está basada en una vieja leyenda, en la cual el hijo de un famoso actor de Kabuki se enamora de una criada y su padre, violentamente, se opone a que ellos dos se unan.

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La Historia del último crisantemo Dirigida por Kenji Mizoguchi
A masterpiece in the literal sense of the word—the proof that Mizoguchi could stand alongside the best directors in history as an artistic equal. The film is something of a cinematic manifesto, a depiction of the long apprenticeship, hard knocks, bitter rivalries, and personal agonies from which an artistic breakthrough is made.
January 31, 2017
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The film lingers in the memory as a suite of long-shot long takes – Kiku and Otoku cutting and enjoying watermelon slices together in more innocent times, Kiku grovelling at the side of Otoku’s deathbed when, far too late, they’ve been given permission to marry – unfolding at the speed of life. You can find echoes in the New Taiwanese Cinema and elsewhere, but to call it a ‘precursor’ to anything would be reductive; The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum simply is.
November 04, 2016
What distinguishes The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, however, is the assertiveness of its stylistic deployments. In this prototypical Mizoguchian tale of lifelong female sacrifice in the male-dominated arena of kabuki theatre, camera placements are often so eccentric that we’re compelled to acknowledge the directorial decision-making irrespective of how it’s supporting the story.
September 15, 2016
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