Teinosuke Kinugasa / JP, 1928 / 97 min.
The first silent Japanese film to gain renown in the West. Director Teinosuke Kinugasa used expressionist stylistic elements entirely unknown to Japanese cinema for his tragedy Jujiro. About a young man and his doomed love for a geisha.
Rikiya comes to blows with his love rival in Tokyo’s 18th-century entertainment district Yoshiwara. Their rivalry concerns the beautiful geisha O-ume. Blind in both eyes, Rikiya seeks help from his poverty-stricken sister Okiku.
With live musical accompaniment.
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