An Actor's Revenge showcases Kon Ichikawa’s broad range of skills as a director, mixing filmmaking styles including comedy, kabuki-style melodrama, and historical epic, together with a soundtrack which incorporates traditional kabuki accompaniment, folk, and modern jazz. Starring Kasuo Hasegawa, a famous kabuki onna-gata, in his 300th film appearance.
An Actor’s Revenge is screened as part of the Japanese Film Festival's Kon Ichikawa Retrospective.
Presented by The Japan Foundation and ACMI
An Actor’s Revenge
Yukinojo is a kabuki actor famed for his portrayal of onna-gata (female impersonator) roles. While performing with a touring troupe, he encounters the men who drove his parents to suicide and sets into motion a plan of revenge. However, Yukinojo’s resolve is tested when he becomes the object of infatuation of Namiji, the innocent daughter of one of his targets.