Double suicide

Double suicide

Shinjū ten no Amijima

DVD - 2000 | Japanese | Widescreen ed.
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In this stylized dramatization of the puppet theater play, Jihei abandons business, family and self respect for a passionate love affair with a geisha whose freedom he cannot afford. As the world closes in upon him, he finds his only course of action to be death together with the lover he is unable to obtain in life.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2000, c1969.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9780780023291
0780023293
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Shinjū ten no Amijima
Summary: In this stylized dramatization of the puppet theater play, Jihei abandons business, family and self respect for a passionate love affair with a geisha whose freedom he cannot afford. As the world closes in upon him, he finds his only course of action to be death together with the lover he is unable to obtain in life.
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1aa
Jan 17, 2017

An unusual, uncanny film with really weird music: its effective in how disturbing it is. The film suffers a bit from the overuse of cutbacks.

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akirakato
Aug 16, 2012

This film is quite different from other movies made in the Western World in the sense that the director presents the story as if the whole acting was indeed performed in the stylized dramatization of the puppet theater play.
The opening scenes are quite fascinating and exciting even to the Japanese eyes.

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