Aru kengo no shogai (1959)

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Aru kengo no shogai: Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. With Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akira Takarada, Keiko Awaji. Japanese version of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’, a poet/swordsman with a huge nose who loves a woman who loves another. Ignoring his true feelings, he helps them get together.

“The Japanese version of the famous play u0026#39;Cyrano de Bergeracu0026#39;, which tells the story of Komaki, a samurai/poet with a huge nose, who falls in love with a woman who loves another man.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt was the first film to feature Toshiro Mifune that I saw, outside the u0026#39;Kurosawa sagau0026#39;, and it is evident that he was not a product of Kurosawa, but rather a natural actor, one of the best that has ever been in cinema, in my opinion.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe narrative begins with a slow pace, but becomes exciting and with moments of great quality action as we enter the second act of the film.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt pulls on the vieweru0026#39;s feelings and emotions, in a subtle way, and leads him to sometimes have to choose between which character u0026quot;deservesu0026quot; to have a happy ending.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt is a poetic tragedy, well written, performed and that touches anyone, even those that arenu0026#39;t confortable with the Japanese cinematographic universe.”

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