The Lovers' Exile - Digitally Remastered Blu-Ray


90 minutes, colour, Bunraku Theater Blu-Ray, in Japanese with English subtitles. Introduction by Jean-Louis Barrault


The Lovers' Exile on Blu-Ray

New Blu-Ray digitally re-mastered from the original film negative.

The Lovers' Exile Bluray

Bunraku combines the arts of puppetry, joruri dramatic recitation, and musical accompaniment of the samisen. Each puppet is manipulated by three handlers; the resulting ensemble effort of puppeteers and musicians creates not only a sense of heightened realism, but also a dreamlike delicacy and complexity of movement


"... remarkably affecting and surprising... a theatrical experience..."
Vincent Canby, New York Times

"...has been accomplished with rare taste, taste that brings the subject to life rather than embalming it... the movie lives and breathes."
Jay Scott, Globe & Mail

Bunraku: Japan's traditional puppet theatre from stage to movie screen
Toronto jFILMPOW-WOW, March 2, 2011

The Lovers' Exile Shows at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Mar 5 - Apr 1, 2011

Japanese Newspaper Clip promoting Tokyo Showing
Asahi Shinbun (evening paper), March 2, 2011

Japanese Newspaper Clip Promoting Tokyo Museum Showing
Yomiuri Shinbun (evening paper), March 3, 2011

THE LOVERS' EXILE is an adaptation of MEIDO NO HIKYAKU by classic Japanese dramatist Monzaemon Chikamatsu (1673-1724). The story, one of Chikamatsu's domestic tragedies, recounts the love between a penniless clerk and an indentured prostitute.

THE LOVERS' EXILE is performed entirely by the Bunraku Ensemble of Osaka, widely considered the most sophisticated puppet theatre in the world. The Bunraku Theatre Ensemble, and numerous of its players have been declared Living National Treasures of Japan. THE LOVERS’EXILE is the only filmed adaptation of a classic Bunraku performance.

In 2003 UNESCO proclaimed Bunraku a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”

Blu-Ray Special Features include:

FILMING BUNRAKU, a 12 minute documentary

BOOKLET includes:

  • Introduction by Jean-Louis Barrault
  • A Note on Bunraku, by Susan Sontag
  • The Tradition of Bunraku, by Barbara Curtis Adachi
  • The Art of Bunraku: Discussion with Dr. Northrop Frye
  • Synopsis
  • Monzaemon Chikamatsu
  • Performers
  • Notes on the Production

Read the Introduction to The Lovers' Exile


directed produced and edited by Marty Gross
photographed by Kozo Okazaki and Hideaki Kobayashi
subtitles by Donald Richie and Marty Gross
music editing by Carl Zittrer
music recording supervised by Toru Takemitsu

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Special note: The Lovers' Exile also re-released in a Japanese Only Language Version (Blu-Ray DVD)

More info about the film in Japan. Japanese customers can order the Japanese release here.

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