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Shin Genji monogatari (1961)

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Credited cast:
Raizô Ichikawa ... Genji Hikaru
Ayako Wakao ... Aoi no ue
Hanayo Sumi Hanayo Sumi ... Fujitsubo / Kiritsubo (plays two parts)
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Oborozukiyo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reiko Fujiwara
Keizô Kawasaki Keizô Kawasaki
Mitsuko Mito
Kuniko Miyake
Yaeko Mizutani ... (as Yoshie Mizutani)
Yasuko Nakada Yasuko Nakada
Jun'ichirô Narita Jun'ichirô Narita
Koreya Senda
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Japanese

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14 October 1961 (Japan) See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Do Hamlet And Hikaru Have Mother Fixations Or Do The Directors?
7 October 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Raizô Ichikawa is Prince Hikaru in director Kazuo Mori's version of Lady Murasaki's novel. It is, unsurprisingly, a seminal novel. Search for the title on the IMDb and you get a baker's dozen version, from 1923 through a 2013 mini-series.

It's the second movie version I've looked at -- the other is the 1951 version --- and there are differences in the handling. This one has more mysticism, and while Hikaru remains the central character, this movie is less about him and more about the devastating effect he has on the women he loves and who love him. Except for Hanayo Sumi as his mother and Lady Fujitsubo, they all seduce him. They all also end poorly, dying in childbirth or forced to abandon their daughters and become nuns, until only Murasaki is left when Hikaru rides off into the fields, asking her to wait for him.

In general, works are admired when people can argue over what they mean, and many versions to different end can be produced from the same story. HAMLET's meaning can vary over the map, along with Hamlet's character. In the end, we are not examining what the text means. We are examining the text to see ourselves.


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