Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Aru eiga kantoku no shogai, 1975)

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

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  • Figure 7.2. The last writing of Mizoguchi, from the documentary Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Aru eiga kantoku no shogai, 1975). In the tradition of Buddhist disciples capturing the moment of death of their master through calligraphy, his screenwriter gave him pen and paper the day before he died. The director wrote, “The chill autumn air has already arrived. I want the pleasure of working with all of you at the studio.” On the lower left above the seal, it says, “Mizoguchi Kenji’s last writing (zeppitsu); recorded by Yoda Yoshikata.” The seal has the crushed character for 義, the third character in Yoda’s name.