Suzuki’s final film of his Taisho Trilogy (with Zigeunerweisen and Kagero-za) spins a fantastical tale from the life of a historical figure. Takehisa Yumeji (1884–1934) was an artist known as much for his paintings of beautiful women as for his bohemian lifestyle. The Yumeji of Suzuki’s film is a serial seducer haunted by thoughts of his own death while pursuing ideals of beauty in his art. Traveling to Kanazawa to meet his lover, he instead falls for a widow whose murdered husband inconveniently returns from the dead. Love, desire, life, and death collapse into one another as Yumeji’s art takes on an uncanny existence of its own.
- with English subtitles
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Yumeji (program note), London Film Festival, Tony Rayns, 1992
Yumeji (review), Variety, Todd McCarthy, 1991
Trilogie Seijun Suzuki (program note), Nantes Festival of Three Continents, Max Tessier, 1991
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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