Kōchiyama Sōshun (1936 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Kōchiyama Sōshun
Directed bySadao Yamanaka
Produced byNikkatsu
Written byShintarō Mimura
Sadao Yamanaka
Music byGorō Nishi
CinematographyHarumi Machii
Release date
  • 30 April 1936 (1936-04-30) (Japan)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Kōchiyama Sōshun (河内山宗俊), sometimes known as Priest of Darkness, is a 1936 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Sadao Yamanaka. It is an entry in the jidaigeki film genre.[1] It is one of three surviving films by Sadao Yamanaka.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The original idea for Kōchiyama Sōshun came from a Kabuki play by Kawatake Mokuami, known as Kochiyama to naozamurai. In the play, the two title characters are petty criminals from the Ueno district of Edo.[1] Yamanaka changed some of the characters from the play to be more good-natured, in keeping with his film aesthetic.[2] He also modernized the Kabuki play by casting actors from the Zenshin-za Group, which aimed to bring modern acting techniques to traditional Kabuki plays.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McDonald, Keiko (1994). Japanese classical theater in films. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 158–164. ISBN 978-0-8386-3502-5.
  2. ^ Richie, Donald (2005). A hundred years of Japanese film: a concise history, with a selective guide to DVDs and videos. Kodansha International. p. 73. ISBN 978-4-7700-2995-9.

External links[edit]