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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • SKU: AV425
  • UPC: 760137898085
  • Street Date: 03/22/22
  • PreBook Date: 02/15/22
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Film Noir
  • Run Time: 83 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1986
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Japanese

 

Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Morio Agata
  • Actor: Kenji Endo
  • Actor: Fujiko Fukamizu
  • Actor: Yoshio Yoshida
  • Director: Kaizo Hayashi
  • Director: Kaizo Hayashi

 

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To Sleep So As To Dream

Kaizo Hayashi's acclaimed directorial debut.

To Sleep So As To Dream
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Two private detectives hunt for an actress trapped within the reel of a silent ninja film in the dreamlike debut of Kaizo Hayashi (Circus Boys, Zipang), a magical double-handed cinephilic homage to the movie worlds of the 1910s and 1950s. When private eye Uotsuka (Shiro Sano, Violent Cop, Shin Godzilla) and his sidekick Kobayashi are approached by an aged former actress, Madame Cherryblossom, to go in search of her kidnapped daughter Bellflower, their investigations lead them to the studios of the mysterious M. Pathe company. Here Uotsuka has a strange vision in which he comes face to face with the beautiful star of a 1915 chanbara film that appears to have no ending. From then on, things begin to get a little strange... Among the most impressive and critically regarded Japanese films of the 1980s, To Sleep so as To Dream finally makes its home-video debut outside of Japan in a brand new restoration supervised by the director himself. Drifting between illusion and allusion, it is chockfull of references to Japan's rich cinematic heritage and features cameos from a host of veteran talent and baroque sets created by Takeo Kimura, the Nikkatsu art designer fondly remembered for his flamboyant work with Seijun Suzuki in the 1960s.

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Bonus Materials

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film experts Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp
  • Audio commentary with director Kaizo Hayashi and lead actor Shiro Sano recorded in 2000
  • How Many Eggs? Actor Shiro Sano Talks, a brand new interview with the film’s lead actor
  • Talking Silents: Benshi Midori Sawato Talks, a brand new interview on early Japanese film culture and the art of the benshi silent film commentator
  • Midori Sawato Performs ‘The Eternal Mystery’, an exclusive benshi performance to the film within the film
  • The Restoration of To Sleep So as to Dream featurette
  • Fragments from Japan’s Lost Silent Heyday, a selection of scenes from silent jidai-geki films from the Kyoto Toy Museum archives
  • Original Theatrical trailer and English-language restored re-release trailers
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by David Downton
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Aaron Gerow

Sales Points

  • Kaizo Hayashi's acclaimed directorial debut premieres on Blu-ray for the first time!
  • Kaizo Hayashi is best known for his neo-noir Maiku Hama trilogy, The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994), Stairway to the Distant Past (1995) and The Trap (1996).
  • In addition to film, Hayashi served as creative director on the 2000 Konami video game 7 Blades for the PlayStation 2.

Press Quotes

'To Sleep so as to Dream' is an excellent film, which works equally well as a tribute to silent cinema and the beginning of the Japanese movie industry, a mash-up of genres, and as a compact, separate entity

     —Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse

For those movie buffs who dream of a magical world where reality and illusion merge. Kaizo Hayashi has a good feel as well as good feelings for the old favorites

     —Walter Goodman, New York Times

  

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