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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • SKU: AV401
  • UPC: 760137808183
  • Street Date: 01/18/22
  • PreBook Date: 12/14/21
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 95 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1966
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Japanese


Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Ayako Wakao
  • Actor: Shinsuke Ashida
  • Actor: Yûsuke Kawazu
  • Actor: Jôtarô Senba
  • Director: Yasuzo Masumura
  • Director: Yasuzo Masumura


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Red Angel

Masumura's anti-war masterpiece on Blu-ray for the very first time!

Red Angel
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Directed by Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Blind Beast), Red Angel takes an unflinching look at the horror and futility of war through the eyes of a dedicated and selfless young military nurse. When Sakura Nishi is dispatched in 1939 to a ramshackle field hospital in Tientsin, the frontline of Japan's war of with China, she and her colleagues find themselves fighting a losing battle tending to the war-wounded and emotionally shellshocked soldiers while assisting head surgeon Dr Okabe conduct an unending series of amputations. As the Chinese troops close in, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Okabe who, impotent to stall the mounting piles of cadavers, has retreated into his own private hell of morphine addiction. Adapted from the novel by Yorichika Arima, Masumura's harrowing portrait of women and war is considered the finest of his collaborations with Ayako Wakao (A Wife Confesses, Irezumi) and features startling monochrome scope cinematography by Setsuo Kobayashi (Fires on the Plain, An Actor's Revenge).


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Bonus Materials

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new audio commentary by Japanese cinema scholar David Desser
  • Newly filmed introduction by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
  • Not All Angels Have Wings, a new visual essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Original Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Irene González-López

Sales Points

  • A timeless war film that should appeal to horror fans
  • Global Blu-ray debut
  • Has a 95% Audience score with over 100 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes

Press Quotes

One of the more powerful anti-war films you'll ever see

     —Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com

Masumura gives one of the most brutal portraits of war ever filmed, leveling his finger not at the war itself, but at the mentality of the people who wage it.

     —Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

[4 out of 4 stars] Masumura's best film... if it's not the inspiration for Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, it should've been

     —Thomas Weisser, Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook

Red Angel eschews the 'death and glory' approach to paint a particularly bleak portrait of the full horrific futility of war. Through this call to arms, [Masumura] paved the way for the Japanese New Wave.

     —Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye

A brilliant masterpiece

     —Craig Butler, All Movie Guide

Adapted from the novel by Yorichika Arima, Masumura’s harrowing portrait of women and war is considered the finest of his collaborations with Ayako Wakao. I was quite simply blown away by this movie. It is incredibly beautiful and moving

     —Anne Carlini, Exclusive Magazine

Arrow Video’s has done well by Masumura in the past and they’ve added yet another beautiful Blu-ray to the catalog.

     —Movie Line Online


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