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Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy Limited Edition Blu Ray

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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. Presented together on Blu-ray for the first time 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.

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  • 24 July 2017
  • Seijun Suzuki
  • Blu Ray
  • Arrow Academy
  • 15

Collection of supernatural Japanese dramas directed by Seijun Suzuki. In 'Zigeunerweisen' (1980) university professor Aochi (Toshiya Fujita) meets his former colleague Nakasago (Yoshio Harada) while on holiday. After learning that Nakasago, who now lives a nomadic existence, is being hunted for the murder of a married woman he ran away with, Aochi soon finds himself being drawn deeper into his friend's mysterious world. In 'Kagerô-za' (1981) 1920s playwright Matsuzaki (Yusaki Matsuda) starts a relationship with a beautiful woman who might be a ghost. Finally, in 'Yumeji' (1991), painter and poet Takehisa Yumeji (Kenji Sawada) finds himself being haunted by the ghost of a jealous lover after becoming involved with alluring widow Tomoyo (Tomoko Mariya).

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