Akasen Chitai (1956) + Yokihi (1955) [Masters of Cinema #59, #58]
Two Films by Kenji Mizoguchi
2xDVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | Cover | 01:25:58 + 01:31:34 | 6,17 Gb + 5,77 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance | Japan
The latest Eureka two disc set of Kenji Mizoguchi films includes two of the last three films that the director made, and includes one of the only two films that the director shot in colour. Akasen Chitai and Yokihi show the director's continuing interest in the role of women in the changing world around them. Akasen Chitai represents somewhat of a change of style for Mizoguchi and, ironically, was his final film, whilst Yokihi was a rare journey into non-Japanese history which upholds the sumptuous settings of his other works whilst providing an opportunity for the film-maker to experiment visually courtesy of the Eastmancolor process.