Enjo (炎上, Enjō) is a 1958 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa and adapted from the Yukio Mishima novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.[1][2][3] Its English title is Conflagration.

Directed byKon Ichikawa
Written byKon Ichikawa
Keiji Hasebe
Natto Wada
Yukio Mishima (novel)
Produced byMasaichi Nagata
StarringRaizo Ichikawa
Nakamura Ganjirō II
Tatsuya Nakadai
CinematographyKazuo Miyagawa
Edited byShigeo Nishida
Music byToshiro Mayuzumi
Distributed byDaiei Film
Release date
  • August 19, 1958 (1958-08-19)
Running time
99 minutes


Told in an intricate flashback structure, Enjō dramatizes the psychological collapse of Goichi (Raizo Ichikawa), a young Buddhist acolyte from a dysfunctional family who arrives at a Kyoto temple - the Golden Pavilion - for further study.

Goichi is haunted by two events - the discovery of his psychologically abusive mother's infidelity, and the effect of the revelation upon his father, who suddenly falls ill and dies shortly thereafter. Shy and idealistic - and hindered by a stuttering problem - Goichi arrives at the temple haunted by his dying father's sentiment that "the Golden Pavilion of the Shukaku Temple is the most beautiful thing in the world."[4]

In the wake of entering into his studies, Goichi is visited by his now-widowed mother, who unexpectedly states her wish that he strive to succeed in his studies, so that he might one day become the head priest at the temple. Under unexpected pressure from his irresponsible surviving parent, Goichi then must face a challenge to his own ideals upon discovery of the head priest's greed (the temple is being run as a tourist attraction, though an appearance of piety must be presented to outsiders) and his indiscreet pairings with a local geisha.

A flashback (one of many within the entire film's greater structure) to the funeral of Goichi's father introduces the idea of a cleansing inferno; with an escalating sense of desperation, Goichi sets fire to the pavilion. He is subsequently repudiated by his mother, and ultimately commits suicide before he can be taken to prison.



  1. ^ "東炎上とは". kotobank. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ "炎上". Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ "炎上". Agency for Cultural Affairs 映画情報システム. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  4. ^ Svensson, pp. 15


  • Mellen, Joan. The Waves At Genji's Door: Japan Through Its Cinema, 1976. Pantheon, New York. ISBN 0-394-49799-6
  • Quandt, James. Kon Ichikawa, 1982. Cinematheque, New York. ISBN 0-9682969-3-9
  • Richie, Donald. A Hundred Years of Japanese Cinema, 2001. Kodansha America, New York & Tokyo. ISBN 4-7700-2995-0
  • Svensson, Arne. Japan (Screen Series), 1971. A.S. Barnes, New York. ISBN 0-498-07654-7

External linksEdit

  • Enjo at IMDb
  • (in Japanese) Enjo at the Japanese Movie Database