New 4K digital restoration! Film Series : Mizoguchi Restored

A Story from Chikamatsu

The Crucified Lovers / Chikamatsu Monogatari / 近松物語

1954, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 102 min. With Kazuo Hasegawai, Kyôko Kagawa.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 25th 4:15pm
  • Sat, May 26th 3:00pm
  • Sun, May 27th 5:30pm
  • Tue, May 29th 6:00pm

"A sublime, perfectly modulated story of doomed love...essential viewing." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"A film marked by breathtaking refinement at every level." - Tony Rayns, Time Out London

CHIKAMATSU has been overshadowed by the more widely seen epics of Mizoguchi's late period, such as UGETSU and SANSHO THE BAILIFF, but, make no mistake, this is a consummate work from a master filmmaker at the height of his powers. Applied to the more concentrated dimensions of a love story (though with a keen sense of the economic and social factors involved), the exquisite precision of Mizoguchi's mature style is made all the more apparent. Based on a play by the celebrated 18th-century bunraku (puppet-theater) dramatist Chikamatsu Monzaemon, it tells of two humdrum souls - the weak-willed, conformist artisan Mohei and his master's petulant young wife Osan - who are transformed when a series of unfortunate circumstances propels them down a slippery slope of forbidden love. In Japanese with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either SANSHO THE BAILIFF or A STORY FROM CHIKAMATSU, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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