THEIR OWN WORLD
(Naniwa no Koi no Monogatari)
Starring: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, KATAOKA Chiezo
From the Kabuki Play by: CHIKAMATSU Monzaemon
Directed by: UCHIDA Tomu
This superb story is based on the writings of famed Kabuki playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and won the 1959 "Fine Arts Award". With Chikamatsu himself being portrayed in this film by Kataoka Chiezo, one of Japan's greatest actors, this remarkable motion picture blends reality with fiction as it represents the true world of Kabuki and how being seen in the West, as never before. Chikamatsu Monzaemon is the William Shakespeare of Japan, and his plays include Chushingura" (The Tale of the 47 Ronin), and "Yotsuya Kaidan” (Yotsuya Ghost Story).