Three 35 mm samurai films

December 2nd 2012 // 3:00pm and 7:30pm

December 3rd 2012 // 7:30pm

Presented as part of the Samurai: Masterworks from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection exhibition at the Musée de la civilisation.

For the second time this season, film-lovers as well as the exhibition’s visitors will have the opportunity to discover masterpieces of Japanese cinema.

The three chosen 35 mm films were selected from a vast collection of Japanese movies and they will allow audiences to appreciate the very essence of the Japanese cinematographic repertoire in all of its delicacy.

The event is presented by The Japan Foundation, the Musée de la civilisation de Québec, the Consulate General of Japan at Montréal and Antitube. FREE ADMISSION

Event program

December 2nd, 2012 // 3:00pm
La métamorphose de Yukinojo

La métamorphose de Yukinojo

Teinosuke Kinugasa, 35mm, 1935, 98 min, OJV French subtitles

A Kabuki actor decides to take revenge on his parents' murderers.

“Kinugasa and Hasegawa both came from the theatre and, like the film's main character, they both used to be onnagata (male actors who impersonate women). Kinugasa was one of the most famous ‘actresses’ of the 1920s until the Nikkatsu started to hire real women. So he decides to take action behind the camera. The screenplay is based on a Mikami Otokichi series, which was adapted by Kinugasa and Daisuke Ito, another major figure of the silent era.”

December 2nd, 2012 // 7:30pm
L'épouse du château des Ôtori

L'épouse du château des Ôtori

Sadatsugu Matsuda, 35mm, 1957, 85 min, OJV French subtitles

In search of the woman of his dreams, a naive nobleman travels to Edo, where he falls prey to several unscrupulous people.


L'épouse du château de Ôtori is an essential and typical production of the jidaigeki genre. It was updated by the Toei Company and it flooded the market at the time of its release. Director Sadatsugu Matsuda is a master of the genre, a pillar of the studio and he is well known for his brilliant direction. Between 1952 and 1956, he directed no less than 80 films thanks to his remarkable ability to adapt to the constraints that were imposed by the Toei "film factory" during that era. (La Tôei - Histoire des grands studios japonais, Maison du Japon, 2010)


December 3rd, 2012 // 7:30pm
Le grand attentat

Le grand attentat

Elichi Kudo, 35mm, 1964, 118 min, OJV with French subtitles

Feudal Japan. A samurai and his wife are leading a happy life without any problems. One of their friends is suspected of revolutionary allegiance and he leads the couple to perdition. Then the police come to believe that they too are revolutionaries. After being arrested and witnessing the brutal murder of his wife, the samurai decides to take revenge on this unfair regime.


“Eiichi Kudo's Le grand attentat is one of the best examples of the direct links between the chambara and the events that were taking place on the streets of Tokyo in the 1960s. […] The filmmaker explained that this story, which features a group of disappointed and ruined samurais plotting to assassinate the heir to the shogun, was in fact an allegory of the era's increasingly violent and radical student movement.” (Tom Mes, 2005)


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