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The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

菊とギロチン | Kiku to Guillotine Onna Zumô to Anarchism

Directed by Takahisa Zeze
Japan, 2018
Drama, History
  • Japanese
  • English


In wake of the social unrest caused by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, two female sumo athletes, Kiku and Tokachi, and an anarchist group called the Guillotine Society, spark an unlikely connection.

Our take

Japan’s Takahisa Zeze began his career as a soft-core pinku ega director before moving into the mainstream. But he has lost neither the verve nor the edge of his early films, and only gained in ambition, as can be seen in this combo anarcho-terrorist meets female sumo wrestler historical drama!

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Awards & Festivals

Tokyo International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Tokyo Gemstone Award

Kinema Junpo Awards

2019 | 4 wins including: Best Director

2019 | Nominee: Best Film

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