The Crucified Lovers (A Story from Chikamatsu)


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Year: 1954
Format: DVD
Genre: Drama
Cast: Chieko Naniwa, Eitarô Shindô, Haruo Tanaka, Ichiro Sugai, Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Sakae Ozawa, Tatsuya Ishiguro, Yoko Minamida
Original Language: Japanese
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 13-Nov-18
Runtime (minutes):

SKU: CC2962DDVD Categories: , ,


One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the first half of the 1950s, A Story from Chikamatsu (a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers) is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution. Based on a classic of eighteenth-century Japanese drama, the film traces the injustices that befall a Kyoto scroll maker’s wife and his apprentice after each is unfairly accused of wrongdoing. Bound by fate in an illicit, star-crossed romance, they go on the run in search of refuge from the punishment prescribed them: death. Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this delicately delivered indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a “great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi.”

A Story from Chikamatsu was restored by Kadokawa Corporation and The Film Foundation at Cineric, Inc., in New York, with sound by Audio Mechanics and the cooperation of The Japan Foundation. Special thanks to Masahiro Miyajima and Martin Scorsese for their consultation.

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa
  • Mizoguchi: The Auteur Behind the “Metteur-en-scène,” a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Haden Guest

New cover by Michael Boland

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