- An MVD Exclusive
- SKU: MVD7205BR
- Format: BLU-RAY DISC
- UPC: 760137720591
- Street Date: 04/07/15
- PreBook Date: 03/03/15
- Label: Arrow Video »
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run Time: 91 mins
- Number of Discs: 2
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 1967
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot: 30
- Territory: US
- Language: Japanese
Cast & Crew
- Jo Shishido
- Tatsuya Fuji
- Jiro Okazaki
- Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Massacre Gun [Dual Format Blu-Ray/DVD]
No one will stop until one faction emerges victorious! Limited Deluxe Edition!
- List Price: $39.95
- Your Price: $39.95
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Genre icon Jo Shishido stars in this tense and violent yakuza yarn from genre stalwart and Seijun Suzuki's former assistant, Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song). Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji, In the Realm of the Senses) and aspiring boxer Saburo (Jiro Okazaki, Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter), the trio escalate their mob retaliation to all-out turf war where no one will stop until one faction emerges victorious. Strikingly violent for the period and gorgeously photographed in monochrome like genre siblings Branded to Kill and A Colt is My Passport (Shishido's other films from 1967), Massacre Gun is a bold iteration on the genre featuring some stunning compositions and the assured direction of Hasebe.
- Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
- Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world!
- Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
- Newly translated English subtitles
- Brand new interview with star Jo Shishido
- Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
- Original theatrical trailer
- Gallery featuring rare promotional images
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
- Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills
Hasebe deploys one stylish set-up after another, grooving on editing rhythms that snap and crackle to the hard bop score, willing to try anything once
Thanks to Shishido, Okazaki, and Nitani, the film is surprisingly moving, and it still builds to one of the more spectacular final shootout's I've seen... This disc is definitely recommended. 4 stars
Fans of this genre should find a ton here to appreciate... Recommended!
As is customary, Arrow's packaging reflects the degree of passionate enthusiasm present in all of its releases, beginning with the beautiful cover art and booklet insert with illustrations by Ian MacEwan... It's a title definitely worth checking out.
If you want to watch an exciting Yakuza flick ripe with violence but handled with the care of a delicate piece of art you're not likely to find a better option than Massacre Gun.