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Imported Print!


Kenji Sawada, Tomoko Mariya, Yoshio Harada, Tamasaburo Bando,

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.

Tom Vick
  • Yozo Tanaka
  • Junichi Fujisawa
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 128 mins
  • Japan Foundation
  • Little More

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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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