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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: BLU-RAY
  • SKU: AA013
  • UPC: 760137023883
  • Street Date: 08/08/17
  • PreBook Date: 07/04/17
  • Label: Arrow Academy »
  • Genre: Cult
  • Run Time: 144 mins
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1980
  • Director: Seijun Suzuki
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Japanese

 

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Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy [Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD]

Seijun Suzuki
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After over a decade in the wilderness following his firing from Nikkatsu for Branded to Kill (1967), maverick director Seijun Suzuki returned with a vengeance with his critically-praised tryptic of cryptic supernatural dramas set during the liberal enlightenment of Japan's Taisho Era (1912-26). In the multiple Japanese Academy Award-winning Zigeunerweisen (1980), two intellectuals and former colleagues from military academy involve their wives in a series of dangerous sexual games. In Kageroza (1981), a playwright is drawn like a moth to a flame to a mysterious beauty who might be a ghost, while Yumeji (1991) imagines the real-life painter-poet Takehisa Yumeji's encounter with a beautiful widow with a dark past. Presented together on Blu-ray for the first time outside of Japan, the films in the Taisho Trilogy are considered Suzuki's masterpieces in his homeland. Presenting a dramatic turn from more his familiar tales of cops, gangsters and unruly youth, these surrealistic psychological puzzles drip with a lush exoticism, distinctively capturing the pandemonium of a bygone age of decadence and excess, when Western ideas, fashions, technologies and art fused into everyday aspect of Japanese life.

Media

Bonus Materials

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New introductions to each film by critic Tony Rayns
  • Making-of featurette
  • Vintage interview with Seijun Suzuki
  • Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring writing on the films by critic Jasper Sharp and more.

Press Quotes

Arrow's sharp box set perfectly preserves the late filmmaker's most challenging works.

     —Slant Magazine

Lavish boxed set with all the extras and context one could hope for... A major release.

     —The Huffington Post

Anyone who knows Suzuki only through his genre offerings done while he was at Nikkatsu is in for a major surprise with these three films. These are much more provocative, even surreal, offerings, and in a way reminded me of Luis Buñuel, filtered through a Japanese prism and shorn of any scabrous satirical elements. Technical merits are generally very good, and the Rayns additions are excellent. Recommended.

     —Blu-ray.com

  

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