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Yang Kuei-fei: The Film and Legend

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The Japanese film, The Princess Yang Kuei-fei, was directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (1898 –1956) and was released in May 1955. The Princess Yang Kuei-fei had a moderate success: it received awards for the music and best color production at the Mainichi Film Concourse in the same year. The film is based on the legend of the celebrated eighth-century Chinese beauty. The legend is quite well-known in Japan because her story has been retold since the ninth century, and is an established classical literary theme in Japan. This paper will examine and place Mizoguchi's film in the context of the evolution of Yang's legend through the centuries, especially since modern times.
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Keywords: Japanese film; Kenji Mizoguchi; The Princess Yang Keui-fei; classical literary theme; legend; modernity

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1998-09-01

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