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    Arrow Academy Releasing Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy

    NEW UK/US TITLE: Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy (Zigeunerweisen / Kagero-za / Yumeji) (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD) Limited Edition

    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.

    Pre-order your copy via Arrow: http://bit.ly/2n6EmwF
    North American pre-orders links should be live soon!
    Release Dates: 5/6 June

    HAUNTING, HYPNOTIC, FLAMBOYANT, EROTIC, BIZARRE - SUZUKI!

    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.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
    -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
    -More to be announced...
    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring writing on the films by critic Jasper Sharp and more.
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    Day one purchase right there.
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    Never seen these. If the price was as cheap as the recent Miike triple sets I'd bite, but this is too expensive for a blind buy for me.
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    Very nice looking set.
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    Release date pushed back to 3rd July

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    I've pre-ordered now as the price is down to £32.99 on amazon.co.uk. Haven't seen them but I've not been disappointed by Suzuki yet. Would like to see Gate of Flesh on Blu Ray next, that was the first of his films I saw.
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    watched the taisho trilogy over the last couple of weeks, opened up a whole new layer of appreciation for seijun suzuki. zigeunerweisen was fantastic, oddly though I liked the 10 years later directed yumeji better than kagero-za, which borderline annoyed me at certain moments and almost put me to sleep.

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