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  1. Thomas Dods's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    A thrilling and unique blend of cinematic and theatrical tropes are used to tell the melodramatic story of an actor who plots revenge against the governors who led his parents to their deaths. Some glorious widescreen visuals and a great lead performance from Hasegawa.

  2. Daniel's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  3. misu's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  4. Ethan's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    The look of this film is simply amazing, from the hypnotic shadows to the fluid camera movements, Kon Ichikawa really makes the Kabuki elements pop in this unique revenge picture that plays like if Douglas Sirk had made a screwball comedy about vengeful Kabuki actor. Kazuo Hasegawa is nothing short of brilliant here too. A true cinematic marvel that shows just how strange cinema can get and still be classy.

  5. Wee Hunk's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    I don't know. I suppose if you prefer style over substance this is for you. I thought the style got in the way of the storytelling. It's constantly drawing attention to itself. Also, there's a bit too much of the damn melodrama.

  6. A47's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  7. msmichel's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    Ichikawa's use of the widescreen image is astounding as is his use of cinematic technique. Visually this film is a marvel and spellbinding throughout. The plotting is a little overwrought and melodramatic but certainly interesting aided by strong performances and a wonderfully askew music score.

  8. Aardsy's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  9. Matthew Martens's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    Be the play that you wish to see in the world.

  10. Daniel S.'s rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    According to me, a movie must handle universal themes in order to be called a masterpiece. If not, the film may be good but is more an object of curiosity than a first class work of art. With 'An Actor's Revenge', most of the themes of the film, like revenge or greed, are universal as well as the formal experimentations with the cinemascope format. But I have to say that the Tabuki codes will stay a mystery to me.

  11. Khach Aloyan's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  12. Jason's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    It was the Japanese, far more than the Americans (yo, props to Nick Ray none the less), who most radically revolutionized the possibility of 'Scope cinematography. In fact, they practically couldn't leave it alone. You probably cannot find a more sterling example than AN ACTOR'S REVENGE. It is a wholly experimental mainstream anachronism and a prodigious testament to the firework power of images and their relations.

  13. ginobartolomi's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    a mediocre plot just wrapped up in so much cool, I wish the style had not been wasted on something so soapish

  14. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  15. eugenie de sade's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    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.

  16. FISCHER's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    Une admirable utilisation de la lumière et de la couleur, notamment dans les scènes de représentations théâtrales et de combat. Un film majeur dans la carrière du réalisateur de "Feux dans la plaine" et de "La harpe de Birmanie". A redécouvrir... www.cinefiches.com

  17. Chearth's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  18. captainfez's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  19. Stefan Drees's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    A movie with very unusual features like the stylized night-time fighting sequences, the inner monologues as voice-over, the actors' commentaries spoken to the audience and of course the film score with its peculiar jazz and contemporary music passages.

  20. Jeremiah Johnson's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    Lead actor annoyed me a little - his femininity was a bit too put on even though he is portraying a kabuki actor in 18th century. Great minimal sets and photographic techniques that enhanced a simple story.

  21. RoRoRoro's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  22. AugusteB's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    Still worth seeing because of the main character and his way of being a woman.

  23. shaun alleman's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

  24. comeandsee's rating of the film An Actor's Revenge

    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

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