Enjo (1958)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Conflagration

Japan, 1958.  , .  Screenplay by Kon Ichikawa, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

A son of a recently deceased priest is sent to another monastery when the one he lived at with his family is taken by creditors. A sullen fellow, the young man lives with the shame of his hatred for his mother, whom he believes betrayed his father, and the frustration of his own conflicted feelings for his new surroundings. His only deep affection is for the temple on the monastery’s grounds, a holy Buddhist shrine that he refuses to see sullied in any way and with which he develops a very devoted connection. This deeply felt film by Kon Ichikawa isn’t among his best, but like all the director’s works has a spiritual element that is palpable to say the least. The widescreen black and white photography is stunning.

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