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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

1939 Rated NR 2hr 23m

This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu) about the give-and-take between life and art marked the director's first use of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define his films. The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke (Shotaro Hanayagi), who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse (Kakuko Mori) for support and affection—and she soon gives up everything for her beloved's creative glory. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum is a critique of the oppression of women and the sacrifices required of them, and the pinnacle of Mizoguchi's early career.

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Movie Details

Ratings
NR
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.

DVD details

Blu-ray details

Screen formats

Academy Ratio 1.37:1

Subtitles

English

Closed captioned

No

Language and sound

Japanese: PCM Mono

Other features

Criterion Collection; Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access.

Screen formats

Academy Ratio 1.37:1

Subtitles

English

Closed captioned

No

Language and sound

English: PCM Mono

Other features

Criterion Collection; Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access.