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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.

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
Director:
Seijun Suzuki
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Yoshio Harada

Naoko Ôtani

Yûsaku Matsuda

Michiyo Yasuda

Kenji Sawada

Tomoko Mariya
Subtitle Languages:
English
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
3
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Academy

Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

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.

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
Director:
Seijun Suzuki
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Yoshio Harada

Naoko Ôtani

Yûsaku Matsuda

Michiyo Yasuda

Kenji Sawada

Tomoko Mariya
Subtitle Languages:
English
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
3
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Academy

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