Arrow Video (USA) will be releasing director Yasuzo Masumura’s stylish double feature, Black Test Car / The Black Report on Blu-ray.
Japanese maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (Blind Beast) helms a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry in his 1962 landmark Black Test Car, which launched a series of similarly themed “Black” films.
In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest “Pioneer” car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, The Last Emperor) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato’s spy, and find out what they can about the competitor’s familiar-looking new model.
Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, Black Test Car is paired here with the English-language video premiere of its follow-up The Black Report, also directed by Masumura.
Release date: August 25, 2020
Genre: Crime / Thriller
|Cast||Jirô Tamiya, Junko Kanô, Eiji Funakoshi, Ken Utsui, Junko Kanô, Hideo Takamatsu|
|Production Year||1962 / 1963|
|Discs||1 Blu-ray Disc|
|AKA||Kuro no tesuto kâ / Kuro no hôkokusho / Black Statement Book|
|Studio||Arrow Video (USA)|
|Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio on both films|
|Optional newly translated English subtitles on both films|
|Newly recorded critical appreciation by Jonathan Rosenbaum|
|Theatrical trailers for both films|
|Image galleries for both films|
|Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella|
|First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the films by Mark Downing Roberts|