The Taisho Trilogy: Three Films By 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. Rarely seen 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 Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) transfers of all three films
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New introductions to each film by critic Tony Rayns
  • Making-of featurette
  • Vintage interview with Seijun Suzuki
  • Tony Rayns on the Taisho Trilogy, a new appreciation of Suzuki’s trilogy
  • Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork choices
studio:
Arrow Academy
Run Time:
411mins approx
Director:
Seijun Suzuki
Actor:
Yoshio Harada

Naoko Ôtani

Kisako Makishi

Yûsaku Matsuda

Michiyo Yasuda

Mariko Kaga

Kenji Sawada

Tomoko Mariya

Masumi Miyazaki
Theatrical Release Year:
1980

1981

1991
Number of Discs:
3
Region:
A

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Arrow Films - Join the Cult!

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. Rarely seen 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 Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) transfers of all three films
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New introductions to each film by critic Tony Rayns
  • Making-of featurette
  • Vintage interview with Seijun Suzuki
  • Tony Rayns on the Taisho Trilogy, a new appreciation of Suzuki’s trilogy
  • Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork choices
studio:
Arrow Academy
Run Time:
411mins approx
Director:
Seijun Suzuki
Actor:
Yoshio Harada

Naoko Ôtani

Kisako Makishi

Yûsaku Matsuda

Michiyo Yasuda

Mariko Kaga

Kenji Sawada

Tomoko Mariya

Masumi Miyazaki
Theatrical Release Year:
1980

1981

1991
Number of Discs:
3
Region:
A

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