BAKUMATSU TAIYÔ-DEN (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)

Release Date: 12 June 2017 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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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, Y ûzô 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.

DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

 

  • Gorgeous Nikkatsu restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray I 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.
Release Date: 12 June 2017
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Catalogue No: EKA70260