• Kagero-za, ©1981 presented by LittleMore Co., Ltd.

  • Kagero-za, ©1981 presented by LittleMore Co., Ltd.

  • Kagero-za, ©1981 presented by LittleMore Co., Ltd.


Dramatists -- Japan -- Drama, Ghosts -- Japan -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- Japan -- Drama, Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Japan -- Drama


(Theater of Shimmering Heat)

Imported 35mm Print


Yusaku Matsuda, Michiyo Yasuda, Mariko Kaga, Katsuo Nakamura,

According to critic Tony Rayns, Kagero-za “may well be Suzuki’s finest achievement outside the constraints of genre filmmaking.” In this hallucinatory adaptation of work by the Taisho-era writer Kyoka Izumi, a mysterious woman invites Matsuzaki, a playwright, to another city for a romantic rendezvous. While Matsuzaki is on his way, his patron appears on the train, claiming to be en route to witness a love suicide between a married woman and her lover. Reality, fantasy, life, and afterlife blend together in Kagero-za—most spectacularly in the grand finale, in which Matsuzaki finds his life morphing into a deranged theatrical extravaganza.

Tom Vick
  • Yozo Tanaka
Based On
  • from a story by Kyoka Izumi

  • Kazue Nagatsuka
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 140 mins
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Little More

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O cine-audácia de Seijun Suzuki : Seijun Suzuki, an audacious cinema (program note), Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 1999

Trilogie Seijun Suzuki (program note), Nantes Festival of Three Continents, Max Tessier, 1991

Kageroza (program note), Edinburgh Film Festival, Seijun Suzuki, 1988

Kagerouza (review), Variety, Bail., 1982

Kageroza (program note), London Film Festival, Ian Christie, 1982

Sex & death in Japanese cinema: the films of Seijun Suzuki (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt

The taisho trilogy (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation

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