based on a centuries old tale with roots in real events, chikamatsu monogatari [a tale from chikamatsu aka the crucified lovers] tells the hauntingly tragic story of a forbidden love affair between a merchantâ€™s wife, osan [kagawa kyÃ´ko], and her husbandâ€™s employee, Mohei [hasegawa kazuo], in an era when the punishment for adultery was crucifixion.
When a series of innocent events lead to the false accusation of an affair between osan and Mohei, the accused pair are forced to flee an almost certain death sentence. on the run, the outlaw couple grow closer together, drawn inexorably towards the romantic crime of which they are accused.
in the hands of mizoguchi, chikamatsu monogatari depicts two people caught up in a constricted world where true love and social obligation are at odds. His portrayal of the loversâ€™ dilemma lead famed director kurosawa akira to describe the film as ‘a great masterpiece that could only have been made by mizoguchi.
director â€¢ mizoguchi kenji
aka â€¢ è¿‘æ¾ç‰©èªž aka chikamatsu monogatari
year â€¢ 1954
genre â€¢ drama
runtime â€¢ 1:42:00 [main] + 13:19 [interview]
country â€¢ japan
language â€¢ japanese [main] + english [interview]
subtitles â€¢ english [.srt] [main feature only]
imdb â€¢ chikamatsu monogatari
wiki â€¢ the crucified lovers
cast â€¢ hasegawa kazuo | kagawa kyÃ´ko | shindÃ´ eitarÃ´