Priest of Darkness

  • Dir: Yamanaka Sadao

  • Japan, 1936, 82minmins

  • Cast: Kawarasaki Chojuro, Nakamura Kanemon, Hara Setsuko

One of the three existing films from Yamanaka Sadao – preceding his masterpiece Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937) – Priest of Darkness is a refreshing jidai-geki based on a Kabuki play. A blossoming Hara Setsuko plays the elder sister of a good-for-nothing, persistently searching for her brother whose thoughtless behavior has made him a target of mercenaries and ronin. Hara’s delicate yet determined demeanour subverts the maledominated world, inspiring a kind of bonding and humanity among the disreputable priest, Kochiyama, and the mercenaries. Yamanaka masterfully infuses this ninjo into his swordplay film, transforming it into a reflection of the everyday life of ordinary men.

19/6/2016(Sun): Post-screening seminar with Grace Ng and Li Cheuk-to


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-06-19 (Sun)
      2016-07-10 (Sun)


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