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    2 New Releases from Eureka/MoC

    I didn't see these 2 new releases (#60 & #122) updated at the official Eureka/MoC thread in the General Cinema sub forum...

    Bakumatsu taiyô-den [A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era] - Dir. Yûzô Kawashima (1957)

    Voted one of the top five Japanese films ever made in a critic’s poll by Japan’s leading cinema publication Kinema junpô, yet barely known in the West, Yûzô Kawashima’s richly funny multi-levelled portrait of Japanese society Bakumatsu taiyô-den [A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era] is a glorious rediscovery.

    When man-about-town Saheiji (the beloved comedian Frankie Sakai) finds himself unable to pay for a bill at a brothel, he is forced to remain there to work off his debt. However he finds his wit and resourcefulness enable him to turn this situation to his advantage, as he interacts with a whole range of characters, from rivalling courtesans to political activists.

    Co-scripted by Shôhei Imamura (Vengeance Is Mine), it sharply and comically demonstrates the constants of human nature just as it delineates the tumultuous political times (the 1860s, leading up to the Meiji Restoration) in which they lived. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this classic in a new high-definition restoration.

    Japan | 110 min.

    1.37:1 OAR

    black & white



    • Gorgeous new Nikkatsu restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray

    • New and improved English subtitles

    • 36-PAGE BOOKLET including a new and exclusive essay by critic/scholar Frederick Veith; Shôhei Imamura’s tribute to Yûzô Kawashima; and rare and archival imagery.


    THE COMPLETE (EXISTING) FILMS OF SADAO YAMANAKA [Tange Sazen: The Million Ryô Pot, Kôchiyama Sôshun, Humanity and Paper Balloons] (1935)

    The brief but prodigious career of Japanese director Sadao Yamanaka resulted in a catalogue of work characterised by an elegant and unforced visual style, fluid editing, and a beautiful attention to naturalistic performances. Although he made 22 films over a six-year period (before dying on the frontline of WWII aged 29), only three of them survive, collected here for the first time in the West.

    Tange Sazen: The Million Ryô Pot is a gloriously comic adventure yarn as the titular one-eyed, one-armed swordsman becomes embroiled in the hunt for a missing pot that points the way to hidden treasure. In Kôchiyama Sôshun, a subversively humanistic adaptation of a classic kabuki play, a small but invaluable knife stolen from a samurai leads to a chain of an increasingly complex and troublesome set of circumstances. His last film, Humanity and Paper Balloons, is an unsparing ensemble drama set among the lowest rungs of Japanese society in the 18th century.

    The Masters of Cinema Series is delighted to present these treasures of world cinema in a long-awaited two-disc DVD set, including rarely-seen fragments of two other lost Yamanaka films.


    • New digital transfers of all three films
    • New English subtitle translations
    • Rare fragments of other lost Yamanaka films
    • A lengthy booklet, including Yamanaka's will, excerpts from his diaries, essays by Tony Rayns, Shinji Aoyama, KimitoshiSatô, and more
    • More extras to be announced closer to release date

    THE COMPLETE (EXISTING) FILMS OF SADAO YAMANAKA will be released as part of Eureka Entertainment’s Masters of Cinema Series in a 2-disc DVD edition on 20 May 2013.

    “Humanity and Paper Balloons is a fascinating time capsule of a movie that not only reframes the feudal period in which it is set to present a harsh critique of the social and political conditions of the time it was made, but also demonstrates just how tight, coherent, and entertaining films from this period actually were.”

    – Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye
    Last edited by 47lab; 04-27-2013 at 04:07 PM.

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