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Chôkon
(Chôkon)

by Daisuke ITÔ

  • Japon
  • 1926
  • Fiction
  • Noir & Blanc
  • 12′
  • Muet
  • 35 mm
  • chokon_2_NFC

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 françaisChôkon
  • Original titleChôkon
  • ScénarioDaisuke Itô
  • Adaptationd’après une roman de Fubo Hayashi
  • PhotoWatarai
  • InterprétationDenjiro Okoshi, Kiyozo, Kuntaro Sawamura, Reisaburo Yamamoto, Minoru Takase
  • Ventes internationalesNikkatsu
  • Support de projectionDCP

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