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By Ian Breakwell

From Amazon: "An Actor's Revenge is among the masterworks of the fashionable jap cinema. Visually gorgeous, with the most resourceful widescreen camera-work ever visible, the movie exemplifies director Kon Ichikawa's self description: 'I was once proficient as a painter and that i strill imagine like one'. How Ichikawa transforms a melodramatic story right into a overall cinematic event is vividly analysed in fellow artist Ian Breakwell's sympathetic learn. An Actor's Revenge tells the unusual tale of Yukinojo, a 19th century Kabuki woman impersonator who employs his theatrical abilities to deceives and ruin the retailers who prompted the loss of life of his mom and dad. Ichikawa's movie is a remake, thirty years later, of Teinosuke Kinugasa's 1936 box-office wreck, utilizing a similar actor, Kazuo Hasegawa, within the dual roles of transvestite Yukinojo and virile thief Yamitaro. What could have been a trifling gimmick proved an encouraged stroke of casting. Breakwell acclaims Hasegawa's twin functionality as one of many cinema's maximum monitors of appearing, during which the hugely man made conventions of eastern theatre are mobilised in a blinding play at the mysteries of id and sexuality."

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And once again the devotion is carefully understated, so as not to suggest a stable possession: 'for we were more devout then than ever we were before or after' (i. 5 This is a chapter about what it means not to take possession, about circulation 01 wandering as an alternative to ownership, about a refusal to occupy. ' By means of a striking inversion, this principle of positioning-that is, occupation by virtue of placing one's body upon a piece of property-is then made to apply to the placing of a piece of property upon one's body: 'the ownership of things originated in natural possession,' the Digest continues, and 'a relic thereof survives in the attitude to those things which are taken on land, sea, or in the air; for such things forthwith become the property of those who first take possession of them.

Not surprisingly, Lery believes that this tale is a corrupt oral version of the biblical Flood-'being altogether deprived of writing, it is hard for them to retain things in their purity' (p. I44)-but the scriptural echo is not what gives the chant its power, for it had ravished his senses before he knew its meaning. Lery presents his appreciation of the beauty of the savage music as a triumph over his own panic fear in the presence of the demonic. Perhaps we should interpret his response then as a version of the aesthetic recoding by means of which medieval Christians neutralized the images of the ancient pagan deities.

Sickerly, nay. It is not so,'" rejoins the Sultan, who then launches into a devastating attack on the hypocrisy, greed, and ignorance of Christian princes and priests. When he finishes, Mandeville can only ask him 'with great reverence, how he came to thus mickle knowing of the state of Christianity' (i. 98). The dream of repossession is not abandoned-Mandeville claims that the Sultan spoke of prophecies 'that Christian men shall recover this land again in time coming, when ye serve your God well and devoutly'-but, in the face of Christian sinfulness, the political and military project proclaimed at the start has been evacuated, transformed into an appeal for moral renewal and a vague, chiliastic hope for redemption.

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