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.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Year:
1984
108 min
71 Views


Is it alright?

Yes

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?

Sure

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

Fame

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...

Goodbye

Goodbye

- 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

Alright

Good morning

Good morning

- What are you doing?

- Let me wipe the sweat off

You're back

Yes

- 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

Nonsense

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

experience

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?

Yes

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'

commission

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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