Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

Hailed both as Japan's Mad Max, Sogo Ishii's high-octane, loud-and-proud breakthrough hit was one of that country's great success stories, a graduation project from a film school punk rocker bought by Toei Studios and released nationwide. The plot involves Ken, a gang leader dreaming of a quiet life with his girlfriend Noriko, and Jin, Ken's maverick successor, who isn't about to let yakuza kingpins or right-wing nutjobs tell him what to do or whom to kill. Jin's violent individualism in a world where even outlaws follow the bosses' orders references the doomed anti-establishment heroes of Kinji Fukasaku, but Crazy Thunder Road points toward a new style of genre filmmaking-fast-paced, quick-witted and brilliantly stylized.

  • New master approved by the director
  • New interview with Gakuryu (Sogo) Ishii
  • Audio commentary by Tom Mes
  • Video Essay: Jasper Sharp on Jishu Eiga
studio:
Third Window Films
Run Time:
97 mins approx
Director:
Sogo Ishii
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Yamada Tatuso

Ebisudani Hiroshi

Ooike Masamitsu
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1980
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Third Window Films

Crazy Thunder Road

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

Hailed both as Japan's Mad Max, Sogo Ishii's high-octane, loud-and-proud breakthrough hit was one of that country's great success stories, a graduation project from a film school punk rocker bought by Toei Studios and released nationwide. The plot involves Ken, a gang leader dreaming of a quiet life with his girlfriend Noriko, and Jin, Ken's maverick successor, who isn't about to let yakuza kingpins or right-wing nutjobs tell him what to do or whom to kill. Jin's violent individualism in a world where even outlaws follow the bosses' orders references the doomed anti-establishment heroes of Kinji Fukasaku, but Crazy Thunder Road points toward a new style of genre filmmaking-fast-paced, quick-witted and brilliantly stylized.

  • New master approved by the director
  • New interview with Gakuryu (Sogo) Ishii
  • Audio commentary by Tom Mes
  • Video Essay: Jasper Sharp on Jishu Eiga
studio:
Third Window Films
Run Time:
97 mins approx
Director:
Sogo Ishii
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Yamada Tatuso

Ebisudani Hiroshi

Ooike Masamitsu
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1980
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Third Window Films

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