Kôzaburô Yoshimura – Itsuwareru seiso AKA Clothes of Deception (1951)

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In 1951 Yoshimura had approached Daiei in order to realise – again from Shindo’s script – his outstanding study of women in Kyoto’s Gion district, Clothes of Deception (Itsuwareru seiso). Once at the studio he went on to work on a number of prestige projects, such as the lavish 1951 adaptation of the Heian-era prose classic The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari), commissioned by Daiei to celebrate the studio’s tenth anniversary and supervised by respected novelist Tanizaki Junichiro, who had translated Murasaki Shikibu’s original 11th-century text into modern Japanese. Yoshimura won critical acclaim, and the film became Japan’s biggest commercial hit up to that date. Continue reading

Kôzaburô Yoshimura – Genji monogatari (1951)

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Based on the classic novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son
of the emperor, has gained renown among the nobility of Kyoto for his charm and good
looks, yet he cannot stop himself from pursuing the one object of desire he must never
obtain: his father’s young and beautiful bride. Following the tragic consequences of his
obsession, Genji wanders from one affair to another, always seeking some sort of
resolution to his life. Continue reading