Cast: Yusaku Matsuda: Shungo Matsuzaki Michiyo Ookusu: Shinako Mariko Kaga: Mio Katsuo Nakamura: Tamawaki Yoshio Harada: Wada Eriko Kusuda: Ine Ryutaro Otomo: Master Emiko Azuma: Old woman Hideko Okiyama: Woman in a bright colour kimono Akaji Maro: Homeless
Plot / Synopsis
Based on a story by Kyoka Izumi--whose writings influenced a number of playwrights and filmmakers, particularly Kenji Mizoguchi--"Kagero-Za" is another wildly inventive installment in the jump-cut, luridly hued, crazy-quilt pantheon of Suzuki.
The fever-dream follow-up to his acclaimed "Zigeunerweisen", the enigmatically erotic "Kagero-Za" is the second film in Seijun Suzuki's Taisho Trilogy--this time set in the disjointed cityscapes and surrounding countryside of 1926 Tokyo.
Playwright Matsuzaki (Yusaku Matsuda) crosses paths with a beautiful woman on her way to the hospital who tells him a friend is dying. Frightened of a mysterious older woman who sells the fruit of the Chinese Lantern Plant--rumored to be distaff souls--she implores Matsuzaki to accompany her. At first he refuses, but later finds himself so obsessed with this luminous apparition that he wants nothing more than a life of carnality and excessive passion. Matsuzaki eventually follows a trail of messages left by his phantasmal enchantress across the country to Kanazawa--only to realize he is actually being lured to his own certain demise.~ amg
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