W's Tragedy

Synopsis: 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...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Shin'ichirô Sawai
  12 wins & 3 nominations.
108 min

Is it alright?


You're still so young

I think it doesn't matter

"Tragedy Of W"

I didn't realise you're a virgin

How old are you?

Just reached 20

Why do you want to join the

theatre troupe?

I have been saving pocket money

since as a kid

and I'll watch a theatre troupe perform

whenever one came to our village

though I didn't know if I would act

However I'd like to try

but then I don't know where to begin

I see there are many books

on 'theatre' at the book stores

and I've been wondering what to buy

Then I decided to buy part 1 & 2

of 'An Actor's Craft'

Konstantin Stanislavsky

I don't claim to know it that well

but I still remember

it's a big thick volume

The so-called actor's craft

is actually one's own experience

Put simply, your daily life

has to be rich with experiences

So I think the way one grows up is

crucial to being an actor

Is that why you slept with me?

It's because I like you

Oh, am I in love?

I have a woman's appeal, right?


As long as I could be a star or writer

as long as I am so lucky

even if the world hates me

even if I am destitute

or am destroyed

I would get through

If I had bread in the penthouse

I am not satisfied with myself

If I have been played

because of my immaturity

that's still okay

On the other hand I will pursue

what I want


Give me renowned fame

All is dark before me

Are you an actor?

I am an apprentice

You practise here each morning?

Why do you ask?

I want to applaud you again

C'mon, don't tease me

I guess that's it

Such hard work...

- Class is over...

- Let's go...



- Class is over...

- Hurry...

- Let's go...

- Hurry...

Goodbye, let's go

What's the matter?

The testing script is in the office

those who are auditioning could copy it


Good morning

Good morning

- What are you doing?

- Let me wipe the sweat off

You're back


- When did you arrive?

- Yesterday

Welcome back. How was your trip?

Everything has changed

How was Dustin Hoffman in

Death of a Salesman?

I wonder why he didn't get

the Tony Award

It's now in London

Nothing like this.

I did it for the one I love

Women's talk. Any woman would do this

Mom, don't die

Toshie says thank you

and then dies

Mother, mother

Mako embraces Toshie as she cries

I didn't kill grandpa

This has been decided by both of us

Mom, don't die

Mako cries

the music grows louder and

the curtain comes down

It's been hard work

It's a nice role

as long as you get the chance

you'll be a star

Mako is still a virgin

That means Shizuka is the best

to play this role


It's not that easy being an actor

Precisely, acting is not that easy but

- at least it's easier as one acts it out

- No way

A virgin might not be able to act like

she's had sexual experience

but it does work the other way round

It's better to get someone with


To ask a baby to act as a grown up

is difficult

but an adult could mimic a baby

It's not mimicking, it's acting

This is a duel between Kaori and Shizuka

I'm sure it's Kaori

Why? How would you know

if you haven't tried

Give me a cigarette

What a comforting breeze

I really don't want to lose to Kaori

Forget what you said

You mean I am hopeless

On the contrary,

that role is for a virgin

What about me?

I am pregnant

Is it by someone in the troupe?

My high school classmate

Does he know?

Not yet

If the audition is successful

I'll get rid of the baby;

the role is worth it

If not you'll be a mother

No one knows yet

Stand where grandpa fell

Sorry to call you out on your leave

I'd like you to take a look

At what?

Tomorrow's the audition

I want you to correct my mistakes

Forget about that kind of role

It's not the kind

of role to be treated with respect

But it's a rare opportunity

I don't care what role or drama it is

as long as I have the chance

to act on stage

Is there a lot of shouting in this play?


You can go to the restaurant

we went last time

to rehearse, you can shout there

You should walk like this

How about this?

2 Steps

It's okay, I lose

Grandpa is awesome

I'll play again with you next time

I killed

I killed Grandpa

I killed

I killed Grandpa

I killed

I killed... I killed grandpa

I killed grandpa

What play is it this time?

We meet again

I am Moriguchi Akio, 26; and you?

Why should I tell you my name?

What's the big deal?

Besides, I've already introduced myself

Mita Shizuka, 20 years old

I was born on the 26th of January, 1958

I am a Aquarian

I graduated from Niigata High school

I have a lot of experience

and am a real estate agent

I live in Chofu, Tokyo

Number 6, the Rose Building

My hometown is in Yuzawa City

in South Uonuma, Niigata

I am Japanese, single

How about your salary...

I earn about 150,000 annually

my hobby is play acting

Is this clear enough?

Shizuka, what about your hometown?

Don't address me by name directly

I am not your woman

May I know where you are from?

Can't you see I am from Tokyo?

Can't judge

Sorry, I have an audition tomorrow

that's all I have on my mind

I have no time for you

My house is close by, please go

It's a few minutes' walk

from the station

The kitchen is about the size of

a 6 by 4 tatami

There's no bathroom

The rent is 35,000 with 2 months'


Down payment is 1 month's rent

and the management fee is 1000

The 2nd floor faces south,

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Haruhiko Arai

Haruhiko Arai (荒井 晴彦, Arai Haruhiko, born 1947) is a Japanese screenwriter. He is also a publisher and an editor of the Eiga Geijutsu magazine. He is also a professor of the Japan Institute of the Moving Image. more…

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