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An Actor’s Revenge (Dual Format Edition)


A new 4K restoration for this gem of post-war Japanese cinema

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‘You will not have seen anything quite like it before’ Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

‘A film of phenomenal all-round accomplishment’ Time Out

Strange, sumptuous and visually stunning, this wildly melodramatic tale of a kabuki female impersonator who exacts a long-delayed revenge on the men who drove his parents to suicide is played out against a colourful backdrop of comic rivalries between thieves in the Tokyo underworld. Kazuo Hasegawa stars, in the dual role of the actor and a thief, in a film which celebrates his 300th screen appearance.  

A heady cocktail of swooning romanticism and highly stylised action, with an outstanding soundtrack that ranges from traditional Japanese music to lush Hollywood strings and cocktail jazz, An Actor’s Revenge is a cinematic tour de force.


  • New 4K restoration presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • New audio commentary by critic, programmer, and Japanese film expert Tony Rayns
  • 100 Years of Japanese Film (Nagisa Oshima, 1995, 52 mins): the award winning director of In the Realm of the Senses (1976), explores the first century of Japanese cinema
  • Oriental Splendour, Japan Pays Homage, To Rid Their Souls of Evil, and In Old Japan (1927-1930, 4 mins): four films about Japan made for the Topical Budget newsreel
  • Fully illustrated booklet with new writing by James Bell, Espen Bale, and Vic Pratt, plus original review and full film credits
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SKU 5035673012918
Catalogue Number BFIB1291
Subtitle A film by Kon Ichikawa
Product contents DVD,Blu-ray
Year 1963
Director Kon Ichikawa
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Japan
Aspect ratio original aspect ratio of 2.35:1
Colour Colour
Sound newly remastered original monaural audio
Subtitles English
Language(s) Japanese
Running time 113 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15
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