Kōchiyama Sōshun (1936 film)

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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

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.



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]

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  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.

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