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W's Tragedy (1984)

W no higeki (original title)
Young college student Shizuka is given the opportunity to act in a stage play with professionals. Shizuka is willing to go to great lengths to master this role of a lifetime, but as the ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Shin'ichirô Sawai

Writers:

Haruhiko Arai, Shizuko Natsuki (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Hiroko Yakushimaru Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Shizuka Mita
Yoshiko Mita ... Sho Hajima
Masanori Sera Masanori Sera ... Akio Moriguchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yumi Kusaka Yumi Kusaka
Kôjirô Kusanagi ... Yoshikazu Kiuchi
Yoshie Minami ... Chieko Yasue
Kunihiko Mitamura Kunihiko Mitamura ... Jun Godai
Noboru Nakaya Noboru Nakaya ... Ryozo Dohara
Yukio Ninagawa Yukio Ninagawa ... Theatre director Abe
Mariko Nonaka Mariko Nonaka ... Toshiko hayashi
Morihiko Saitô Morihiko Saitô
Akiko Shikata Akiko Shikata ... Kimiko Miyashita
Kôji Shimizu Kôji Shimizu ... Hideo Mineta
Jin'ichirô Sudô Jin'ichirô Sudô ... Paparazzi
Miho Takagi Miho Takagi ... Kaori Kikuchi
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Young college student Shizuka is given the opportunity to act in a stage play with professionals. Shizuka is willing to go to great lengths to master this role of a lifetime, but as the plot unfolds, she realizes that real life events are beginning to parallel events in the play.

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Drama

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Another actress sells (or perhaps pawns) her soul for stardom
26 May 2004 | by KFLSee all my reviews

The lead actress in this movie, Hiroko Yakushimaru, was highly popular in Japan in the 80's. Here she proves herself at least competent, and perhaps a bit more than that, as an actress.

The plot involves a number of college-age drama students auditioning for a part in a play, where they will act together with famous professionals. It is a career-making chance, and one girl nearly gets the coveted part, but soon stumbles upon a chance to snatch the part away from another by compromising her principles a bit (...no, we're not talking about sleeping her way into the cast, or at least not in this case). The real-life drama gradually comes to mirror the story of the play being performed.

Not too bad overall, tho Yakushimaru does overact in places, and there are some painful cliches, particularly toward the end. This story has a lot in common with both All About Eve (some actors will do whatever it takes to become a star), and the musical Chicago (notoriety brings fame, which can be parlayed into stage fame).

6/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 December 1984 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tragedy of W See more »

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