|Directed by||Shinichirō Sawai|
|Written by||Haruhiko Arai
|Music by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Distributed by||Toei Company|
|December 15, 1984|
W's Tragedy (Wの悲劇 Daburyū no Higeki?) is a 1984 Japanese film directed by Shinichirō Sawai, based on the novel by Shizuko Natsuki (published in English under the title Murder at Mt. Fuji). At the 9th Japan Academy Prize it won three awards and received three other nominations.
Natsuki's original book W no Higeki, the story of a rich family torn apart by the murder of their patriarch, and their heiress being accused of the crime, becomes a play and is acted out by a troupe of actors in Osaka. The role of the heroine is contended for by young Shizuka Mita (Yakushimaru), who dreams of fame and fortune. Shizuka is taken under the wing of famous actress Sho Hatori (Y. Mita), whose rich patron died in her arms one night, and who agrees to let Shizuka stand in for her. As the play is acted out, Shizuka realizes that many scenes in the play begin to have parallels with real life...
The film takes the form of a story within a story, in which the original book's characters are acted out by the film's characters.
- Hiroko Yakushimaru as Shizuka Mita, who plays rich heiress Mako Watsuji on stage
- Yoshiko Mita as Sho Hatori
- Miho Takagi
- Ken Nishida
- Kōjirō Kusanagi
- "Woman (W no Higeki) Yori", original lyrics by Takashi Matsumoto, vocals by Hiroko Yakushimaru.
Awards and nominations
- Won: Best Director - Shinichirō Sawai
- Won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Yoshiko Mita
- Won: Best Sound Recording - Fumio Hashimoto
- Nominated: Best Picture
- Nominated: Best Screenplay - Haruhiko Arai and Shinichirō Sawai
- Nominated: Best Actress - Hiroko Yakushimaru
- Won: Best Actress - Hiroko Yakushimaru
- Won: Best Supporting Actress - Yoshiko Mita
- 3rd Best Film
- W's Tragedy (1984) - Full cast and crew
- 第9回 日本アカデミー賞 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
- 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- １９８５年度 日本映画ベストテン (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
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