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An Actor's Revenge (12A)

A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution.

A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution.


Set in the cloistered world of 19th century kabuki theatre, the film charts a female impersonator’s attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents who were driven to insanity and suicide by a trio of corrupt men.


Ichikawa takes the conventions of melodrama and turns them on their head, bringing the hero’s fractured psyche to life in boldly experimental widescreen compositions infused with kaleidoscopic colour, pop-art influences, and meticulous choreography.


Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk


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Wednesday 24 Nov 20217:45pm Book Now