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Chôkon
(Chôkon)

by Daisuke ITÔ

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This film, or rather the only surviving reel of this 1926 sword-fighting film, is like the final hallucinating scene from a Shakespearean tragedy. A lone samurai battles with 100 others. In the film’s twelve minutes, the framing, the rhythm, the modernity and tension of the editing is breath-taking. The alternation of wide shots and sudden close-ups on the samurai’s face (actor Denjirô Okochi’s extraordinary expressive mobility) adds to the theatrical tension of the mise-en-scène. Chôkon resembles a tragic surreal ballet, a teetering ritual unfolding under the immobility of the trees, an inebriated choreography, like a death rattle heard in the blue of the night, a dance of death, in other words, a sword dance.

  • Titre français
    Chôkon
  • Original title
    Chôkon
  • Scénario
    Daisuke Itô
  • Adaptation
    d’après une roman de Fubo Hayashi
  • Photo
    Watarai
  • Interprétation
    Denjiro Okoshi, Kiyozo, Kuntaro Sawamura, Reisaburo Yamamoto, Minoru Takase
  • Ventes internationales
    Nikkatsu
  • Support de projection
    DCP
  • Sous-titrage

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