Empress Yang Kwei-Fei, The (Y˘kihi) (Directors Suite) (1955)

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Released 15-Jun-2010
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A Film by Kenji Mizoguchi

Based on an ancient story from Chinese history, The Empress Yang Kwei Fei is a romantic and tragic tale which remains as accessible and beautiful as ever. Although this was Mizoguchi's first film to use colour, his artistic flair perfectly adapts to the changing format, creating a aesthetic feast for the eyes to complement the intricacy of the plot.

During the dying days of the T'ang dynastyŚwhich ruled China until the 8th centuryŚthe Emperor Hsuan-tsung is tormented with grief after the death of his beloved wife, choosing to devote his life to the composition of music. When he meets and falls in love with a beautiful peasant girl, the purity of their love is defiled by the greed, corruption and opportunism of the the imperial court, which ultimately lead to tragic consequences.

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Machiko Ky˘
Masayuki Mori
S˘ Yamamura
Eitar˘ Shind˘
Eitar˘ Ozawa
Haruko Sugimura
Y˘ko Minamida
Bontar˘ Miake
Tatsuya Ishiguro
Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi
Fumio Hayasaka
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Drama 1955 87:86 (Case: 91) 576i (PAL) 4
Full Frame
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (224Kb/s)
English, English Alternate Subtitles
Teaser Trailer, Trailer-Four Directors Suite trailers
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