Tomu Uchida1961-1970DramaFantasyJapan

Tomu Uchida – Koiya koi nasuna koi AKA The Mad Fox [+ commentary] (1962)

Colourful, wildly stylised, immense captivating fable, including animation, kabuki and butoh and collapsing sets. About a soothsayer at court who was driven to insanity by the murder of his lover and will marry her likeness. And indeed, she’s a fox in human form!

MoMA wrote:
Uchida’s strangest and most stylized film is a visual feast, adapted by Yoshikata Yoda from a traditional puppet play. Dispensing with naturalism, Uchida uses expressionist sets and color schemes to convey the shifting states of mind of a protagonist driven mad by grief after his lover is killed. Some scenes are shot against theatrical backdrops inspired by kabuki theater and traditional dance; others unfold on elaborately colored sets reminiscent of traditional screen paintings. The Mad Fox’s audacious artifice makes Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (1964) pale in comparison.

2.27GB | 1h 48m | 1024×436 | mkv


One Comment

  1. Thank you SO MUCH! This format gives us the opportunity of fully appreciating the gorgeous cinematography of this luscious masterpiece.

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