maybe i set my expectations too high but ultimately i found it unwilling to explore its more interesting facets in favor of a rather generic and half-assed revenge plot. still interesting to watch for what could have been and maybe worth watching for that alone.
this one is a truly idiosyncratic movie. the dual roles should not work with this actor, but it is a superb performance, which ichikawa clearly hoaxes out of him. the visuals are beautiful with some of his compositional work, something imamura would be proud of. i love the variation in the soundtrack with some american jazz thrown in. this marks the transitional period of japanese cinema from kurosawa to the new wave