The film begins with puppets being setup for a play about a double suicide. We then move to real people, but the puppeteers remain, clad in black guiding our characters fatalistically to the their death pictured above. At the beginning of the film they are shown like a dead main character at the start of a film noir. They aren’t coming back, we are just going to find out how they reached their deaths. The story is about a merchant who falls in love with a courtesan who he can’t afford to redeem because of money and because of his own marriage. In the end, the two are pushed toward double suicide as the only way they can be together because of caste, honor, and duty.
The sets are very theatrical and a single set handles a whole scene just like a play on a stage. The film tried my patience, but it’s still worth a look for the affect that the puppet setup has on what would otherwise be a rather artificially contrived melodrama.
|One Of The Puppets Being Prepped|
|An Example Of The Sets|
|The Puppeteers At Work|