The Mizoguchi Collection details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Isuzu Yamada, Minosuke Band˘, Sh˘tar˘ Hanayagi|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
Mizoguchi Collection - Osaka Elegy
|15 Disc 1|
Mizoguchi Collection - Sisters Of The Gion
|15 Disc 2|
Mizoguchi Collection - The Story Of The Last Crysanthemum
|15 Disc 3|
Mizoguchi Collection - Utamaro And His Five Women
|15 Disc 4|
|Run time:||6 hours 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Mar 2012|
Most helpful review
Early masters.By a customer , 22 Jan 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]A great collection of the master Japanese directors work. Sometimes painful always beautiful, these films are real gems. Story of Late Chrysanthemums is a particular favourite. I would say however that these are not his best. That title goes to Ugetsu Monogatari without doubt, followed by Sansho Dayu.
UTAMARO THE ARTISTBy a customer , 24 Jul 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideUtamaro and his five women is a film about the real-life wood print artist Utamaro. In some ways i is of greater interest that the Van Gogh or Goya biopics because of our lack of familiarity with the norms of the country. When the artist displeases the shogunate, for example, the punishment is to have his hands tied for six months to stop him practising his art. The distinction between the five women is often blurred, but they are woven into a great story of intrigue. A must for all lovers of Japanese cinema.
A Japanese classicBy alexiscorexi (1 review) , 10 Feb 2013This is about love across the class divide, set in the world of ultra-traditional Kabuki theatre in 19th century Japan. Our hero is being groomed to inherit the mantle of his famous actor father, but he isn't very good. The only person honest enough to tell him is a young servant, with whom he duly falls in love. They defy the family and head off to make their own way in life, but she gets ill and his acting doesn't improve much either. Finally he has a breakthrough, whereupon his family want him back - but only without his wife. The self-sacrifice she displays is truly poignant, and although the film quality is definitely not HD, its other strengths more than make up. Kabuki theatre, where female roles were still played by men just like in Shakespeare's time, is bizarre and fascinating stuff.
The story of the last chrysanthemumBy a customer , 22 Jan 2013This was my favourite in the Mizoguchi collection. It is a delicate portrayal the inept scion of an acting family progressing toward technical mastery with the support and encouragement of his long suffering wife. I found the Noh performance particularly interesting.
Early masters.By a customer , 22 Jan 2013A great collection of the master Japanese directors work. Sometimes painful always beautiful, these films are real gems. Story of Late Chrysanthemums is a particular favourite. I would say however that these are not his best. That title goes to Ugetsu Monogatari without doubt, followed by Sansho Dayu.
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